40 (Mostly Unrecognizable) Ingredients Go Into McDonald's Chicken Nuggets

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There are two kinds of McDonald's people in this world: those who order chicken nuggets, and those who order a burger. Okay, so there are also vegetarians and fish sandwich freaks (I'm the latter, TBH) but for all intents and purposes, most people tend to pick between these two treats at McDonald's. If you were a burger person but switched to chicken after that whole awful "pink slime" video came out, I'm sorry to tell you that there may be just as many unrecognizable ingredients in your chicken nuggets. Nothing is safe anymore.

Food photographer Dwight Eschliman and food writer Steve Ettlinger have created a new book that will expose the ingredients in some of our tastiest fast food. They do this by breaking down all of the ingredients in a specific food and then taking a photo of what the ingredients look like on their own. While some of the ingredients look okay (I can get behind salt and bleached wheat flour in my nuggets) others, like "sodium aluminum phosphate" sound more like Hogwarts spells than something I would want in my body. They don't photograph well, either: these ingredients look like scary chemicals you would avoid touching in science class. Obviously, McDonald's isn't the only company guilty of putting less-than-wholesome ingredients in our food. While we can't blame McDonald's alone, this project is a reminder that we should aim for eating food that looks a little less scary when broken down into parts.
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