Omnivores: Did you know that Chicken McNuggets are 56%…

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“Few people know that Chicken McNuggets are 56% corn. Or that corn-fed cows in industrial feedlots sleep in deep piles of manure – a source of bacteria that find their way into our hamburgers.

Or that beef cows are fed synthetic nitrogen, chicken litter, blood and fat products of other slaughtered cattle, along with as much corn as they can stand. Cows naturally eat grass, not corn.

Corn wreaks havoc with their digestive systems, causing all kinds of disease. “A growing body of research suggests that many problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef .” (p.75)

These are tidbits from a short review of “The Ominivore’s Dilemma”, by Michael Pollan…

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  • Well, Chicken McNuggests sure are tasty, and if there’s corn in them, it is either not in quantity or form to cause any carbohydrate problem to my diabetic wife. It is possible the book quoted is not entirely accurate in all particulars, of course — it has happened before. An oddity that is not widely recognized is that corn IS grass — ten thousand years ago it was a form of grass, crossbred and selectively bred over the centuries to reach the product we have today.

  • Kim, you might also like to look into the ingredients in pet food.

    What most consumers don’t know is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a convenient way for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered “unfit for human consumption,” and similar waste products to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines, udders, heads, hooves, and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts.

    Although the above linked report claims that euthanized cats and dogs are not part of petfood ingredients which come from rendering plants. There are many other reports that say that they are in petfood. They did however find traced or maybe more than traces of the most commonly used type of the liquid that is used to euthenized dogs and cats from kill shelters. According to reports I’ve read, those kill shelter pets aslos include their diseases, their collars, license tags, offal and more.

    This past Spring I lost a dog and a cat who were fed IAMS. I wanted to go to raw food I prepare myself, but it seemed complicated. Then I discovered a Wisconsin company that has raw beef patties they guarantee to be free of the horrors most petfood contains. My dogs love it and look so much better and have great coats, stamina etc.

    As we learn of what’s going on, we better start taking charge of what we eat and what our animals eat. It is our responsibility..


  • Maggie is very educated about pet food. Her resources are the same I use and the best I’ve found.

    A raw frozen diet is good but not without risks. A raw frozen food from Bravo! was recalled on Sept 18th because of Salmonella contamination. It’s a challenge to find pet food that’s safe but Maggie is on the right track. I personally can’t go raw with my pets because of the age of my old dog (18 yrs) her system is far too sensitive for raw.

    I offer more info about finding healthy pet food on my profile and the link about the Bravo! food recall.

  • WOW! Interesting…. Early in my NWM career, I purchased a ‘plain hamgurger & bag of fries’ at the Golden Arches. I set the bag on my kitchen counter, to see what would happen (my cat paid no attention to it). A month later, the entire bag was soaked with grease (rancid) and the ‘buger & fries’ were dried out – but otherwise look exactly the same.

    That was on October 17, 1997. I still have them….never refrigerated. They look exactly the same, only dried out. No mold, no spoilage…

  • Here are the ingredients in Chicken McNuggets®:

    White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, chicken flavor (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, natural extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent). CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK

    I boldened food starch-modified for 2 reasons. I have no idea what it is??? And I imagine it is the source of corn that this post is about.



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