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While doing some research on another topic here about soy, I decided to see if I could find the ingredients of assorted everyday foods. Now I do hope we all know that a fast food diet is not considered healthy for the average human being as there are much better alternatives but this twigged me out:
McDonald's Regular Bun:
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour), calcium propionate and sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin.
Guar Gum: Guar gum is a fiber from the seed of the guar plant.
Guar gum is used as a laxative. It is also used for treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity, and diabetes; for reducing cholesterol; and for preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
In foods and beverages, guar gum is used as a thickening, stabilizing, suspending, and binding agent.
In manufacturing, guar gum is used as a binding agent in tablets, and as a thickening agent in lotions and creams.
How does it work?
Guar gum is a fiber that normalizes the moisture content of the stool, absorbing excess liquid in diarrhea, and softening the stool in constipation. It also might help decrease the amount of cholesterol and glucose that is absorbed in the stomach and intestines.
There is some interest in using guar gum for weight loss because it expands in the intestine, causing a sense of fullness. This may decrease appetite.
Oh YUM! If that doesn't make you want to reconsider your dinner options, perhaps this ingredient might seal the deal:
Indications and Usage for Ammonium Chloride
Ammonium Chloride Injection, USP, after dilution in isotonic sodium chloride injection, may be indicated in the treatment of patients with (1) hypochloremic states and (2) metabolic alkalosis.
I'm not complaining mind you, there was a time when any free prescription drugs would have been gladly accepted but putting it in a hamburger bun makes me wondery WHY???????????? Here's the basic ingredients for a good bread. Does anyone know why all those excess ingredients would be in a hamburger bun? It's got to cost oodles more $$$.
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
I just mixed that very recipe for my bread machine. . .
The corporate argument on this stems from the whole preservative of product POV and possibly "Government Requisites". . . as we all know, the U.S. Government actually cares about its citizens, our health & well-being, etc. For this reason I'd suggest you look at all those wonderful ingredients out there and what they impact when it comes to social & emotional behavior. For an example, Chlorinated Water. . .
How About Malathion & Govt. Insect Spray Campaigns?
Sorry about these links, someone created a URL limit for some silly reason. . . they didn't like SPAM or some such. . . add www, etc. in front of each address code
There's a HUGE list of food-stuff as well as environmental (air, water, flora) tampering sustained by our government via the Department of Agriculture, the FDA and other such groups. While there is a Conspiracy Theory taint to some such data, most of it tends to be on the up and up, just never challenged by a consumer base that's overly trusting, self-obsessed and lackadaisical.
It's hard to tell, unless you have your own chemical laboratory to test things yourself. I barely trust the so called "organic" overpriced products as well, but seriously, how much choice do we really have? simvastatin If you are in a big city, you are in big trouble in this department. If you have a local farmer's market near you, that's probably your best bet. With that said, looking at hard facts, average life expectation has increased dramatically during the past 50 years, so there is a lot of paranoia in all this as well.
An expanded sense of longevity is worthless if your quality of life (health) SUCKS! My own health issues are a great example in that MS seems more prevalent in those regions in which high industrial activity is common e.g. lots of metals in the air alongside chemical factors either used in the processing of ore, smelting and/or fabrication or as a bi-product thereof. Such things settle into our plant life, including the "organic" aspects of things and in the long run, end up in our food as well as that given to farm-stock we will end up consuming (well, most of us that have chosen to not revert backward on the food chain at least).
I find it humorous (as well as sad) just how out of touch today's yuppie "I'm a Proud Vegan" idiots are when it comes to the term "organic" and just what that means (when you peel away all the "redefined" legal crap now laid over the basics). A large number of these geniuses (city dwellers) not even knowing that spearmint for an example, is an actual plant and not a synthetic and worse, there are those that insist that pickles grow on bushes and aren't the same thing as cucumbers that have been processed
My family and I had a very lush garden in our backyard when we lived in Vegas; it was 100% organic, the special fertilizer that made it so abundant manufactured on site in neat little time released pellets. . . but rabbits tend to just poop in said manner and their poop is an excellent food source for veggies. Yet, the college educated fool that was working for me at the time, who insisted on nothing but organic veggies for her meals, wouldn't acknowledge that our little garden was exactly that. . . in her mind "Organic" somehow equated to hydroponics instead of bull shit as a nutritional substance.
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