Saturday, July 08, 2006

Corn and the Chicken Nugget

So I'm reading this great book, The Ominvore's Dilemma. It's another book about the industrialization of our food supply, and how since 1980 corn is the "corn"erstone to the food we eat today. These books always fascinate me because of the association between the environment and our kids.

Did you know that the McDonalds Chicken McNugget has 38 ingredients? That 56% of those ingredients are corn? Here they are for your review, quoted from this book:

*Corn-fed chicken
*modified corn starch (to bind meat)
*mono and tri diglicerides (emulsifiers)
*chicken broth (for flavoring taken out by the processing)
*yellow corn flour
*corn starch
*vegetable shortening (from corn)
*citric acid (from corn)
*corn oil
*leavening agents (not food but synthetic) like sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate.

*antifoaming agents (not food) which are all listed as carcinogenic
TBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, which is derived from petroleum and is a form a butane (lighter fluid).

Did you know that 60% of our bodies are derived from corn? That basically most of what we eat is corn? Why is this bad? Anyone ever heard of a wide variety diet? Maybe people think they are eating a varied diet diverse in all sorts of food. Not anymore, unless you cook from scratch and buy organic, grass fed animals (including eggs, cheese, and other dairy products). And then the public wonders why this generation will NOT outlive our parents and cancer and disorders like our Autism are epidemics?

I know. You think you are reading untruths written by some crazy mom that's just about had it. But this is all well documented and known. I only wish.

The Autism Gods didn't consider that I have a research background when they decided Leo will be in my family!

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