McDonald’s Forced to Stop Using Ammonia-Tainted ‘Pink Slime’ in Meat

5th February 2012

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

McDonald’s has recently caved to consumer demands to cease the utilization of ‘pink slime’ scrap meat covered with ammonium hydroxide in their hamburgers and chicken sandwiches. The announcement highlights the fact that there are many health-crushing additives within the McDonald’s menu, and the reason that their hamburgers absolutely wreak havoc on your body actually has little to do with their high calorie and fat content. In fact, McDonald’s absolutely loves when health professionals neglect to mention the toxic ingredients hidden in their food.

The change was mostly made possible by Jamie Oliver, a celebrity chef who has recently gone on a campaign against the fast food giant. After heavily publicizing the fact that McDonald’s was using the ‘pink slime’ treated with ammonium hydroxide, food activists began to take action. However, the change does not mean that McDonald’s food choices are much better for you — in fact, they are still very damaging to your health. Oliver himself explains:

“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans,” said the TV chef.

A History of McDonald’s Additives

This is not the only known additive in McDonald’s food items that has sparked controversy. It was previously revealed that McDonald’s McNuggets contain a similarly-disturbing ingredient, helping to establish the reputation of worst food item on the planet. You would think that the ingredients for chicken nuggets would consist of bread and chicken, perhaps a bit of seasoning for flavor.

In contrast, McNuggets contain 7 different ingredients, many of which contain sub-ingredients. Among these include substances that make up the ‘meat’ of the McNuggets. Instead of using real meat, the ingredient list calls for sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract. Autolyzed yeast extract is similar to MSG, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to obesity and other health conditions.

What’s more, McNuggets contain a whole other list of threatening ingredients like dimethylpolysiloxane. A type of silicone used in breast implants and silly putty. Dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the nuggets.

It is quite clear that even while ignoring the pink slime scrap meat from McDonald’s food items, these synthetic meal items are still a very real threat to your overall wellness. You can view Oliver’s video covering the pink slime below:

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites FacebookTwitterWeb


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  • Judy Carlson

    This is so scary! So many kids are getting these chemicals that it’s vital the word gets out there!

  • Michael Callaway

    i would like to see some citations. ammonium hydroxide is lye – why?? would anyone add lye to a food product.

    you guys are losing creditable.

    I do agree the McDonald’s food is garbage.

    the Ingredients listed in chicken McNuggets are mostly in the breading – heaven old knows what kind of meat product the use.

    Do not eat there I don’t

    • Wake Up World

      Hi Michael.

      Lye or Caustic Soda is made from Sodium Hydroxide not Ammonium Hydroxide as detailed in this article –

    • Alex

      Actually sodium hydroxide is lye and is very commonly used in food preparation, more so than ammonia hydroxide.

  • life

    you typo ed when you wrote msg is an artificial sweetener
    while it is an excitotoxin like aspartame
    its used for salty food
    it tricks your body to believe salty things taste good when when it actually taste like crap and also makes you addicted to those things..
    but whatever its all poison anyway….

  • Yeast Extract

    How on earth is ‘Autolyzed Yeast Extract’ a “particularly dangerous substance”!?!

    Is it the same as in Marmite, Vegemite or any other yeast extract food.

    Sure, they contain glutamatic acids but they are naturally occurring and are in seaweeds, cheeses and fermented products. They are certainly not an “artificial sweetener” and so that whole sentence needs taken out or fixed.

    Probably they are just in their to act as a flavoring to give the product a more “meaty/savory” taste.

  • Elena

    Go Jamie!

  • Your Health Upfront

    Comment for Judy Carlson – I totally agree with you, spreading the word and education is the common mission we have. I just posted an article this weekend on about the use of the word ‘natural’ in marketing and unhealthy burgers in the nation. The more people writing, reading and commenting, the more we bring up awareness. Thank you!

  • Mike

    Dimethylpolysiloxane is also used to make simethicone. Simethicone is the ingredient found in the common OTC drug, Gas-X. So, I guess you won’t have to worry about getting ‘the wind’ after eating chicken McNuggets.