There are quite a few chemicals used in Goldsmithing, that may appear
dangerous. I am not going to give recommendations on level of
precaution one should take. It is a personal decision. But it is
important to maintain a perspective. I received an email few days
ago, which I would like to share with everybody.
What’s in a McNugget?
I’ve always said that fast food tastes like putty. Turns out I’m not
far off, because one of the ingredients in Chicken McNuggets is also
found in Silly Putty.
I wonder if you can copy the funny pages by smashing a McNugget into
it. It’s certainly preferable to actually eating the things.
A recent CNN “investigation” – they read the ingredients label –
found that this Happy Meal staple contains dimethylpolysiloxane.
Listed as “an antifoaming agent,” dimethylpolysiloxane is also used
in Silly Putty and common cosmetics.
And if that doesn’t whet your appetite, McNuggets also contain a
petroleum-derived preservative called tertiary butylhydroquinone,
also known as tBHQ. A single gram of this stuff can cause nausea,
vomiting, delirium, ringing in the ears, the sensation of
suffocating, collapse and an overheated spell checker.
No wonder people feel like crap after they eat this junk!
Health officials claim these ingredients are safe if you eat them in
the small amounts used in food preparations like Chicken McNuggets.
But is that really a chance you want to take?
For the record, neither ingredient is essential to the integrity of
the McNugget – CNN found that they’re not used at all in British
McDonald’s locations, and I haven’t heard of any McRiots over there.
McDonald’s says the difference is due to local tastes – so
apparently, we Yanks enjoy the delicate flavors of petroleum and
Silly Putty. And for all I know, maybe we do. They can’t be much
worse than anything else on the typical fast food, canned goods and
frozen meals diet that has America in such great shape.
Having said all that, I have to admit: I’m impressed by the Chicken
McNugget. I wouldn’t put one near my mouth, but it’s an absolute
marvel of engineering – I counted 37 ingredients just in the
"chicken" and the “breaded” coating, and another seven ingredients
in the vegetable oil used to cook it.
They should put these things in a science museum, maybe blast them
off into space so other civilizations can see how advanced we are.
Just make sure they’re clearly labeled: DO NOT EAT.