A Child Who Only Eats Chicken McNuggets
At age 16 my daughter saw the movie Supersize Me at school in health class.
The segment highlighting how McDonald’s chicken nuggets are made disgusted her.
The movie was so disturbing to her that she and a friend decided they needed to detox and went 100% raw for a week.
What exactly is in chicken nuggets?
- Chicken, Water
- Vegetable Oil (canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil)
- Bleached Wheat Flour
- Yellow Corn Flour
- Starch: Modified Corn, Wheat, Rice, Pea, Corn
- Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Lactate, Monocalcium Phosphate (Calcium lactate, to help prevent the rancid vegetable fats in the nuggets from starting to rot visibly.)
- Spices, Yeast Extract
- Lemon Juice Solids
- Natural Flavors
Corn and corn products are abundant in “chicken” nuggets.
- Yeast Extract and Natural Flavoring (These ingredients act like MSG)
- Dextrose (It’s a sugar usually made from GMO corn.)
- Yellow corn flour (GMO corn, no doubt.)
- Vegetable oils with may include GMO canola and GMO soybean oil.
- Sodium Phosphates – (additive to keep meat moist).
- Trans Fats – Hydrogenated soybean oil.
- Bleached wheat flour (Bleaching flour causes the production of alloxan, a poison used to give lab rats diabetes.)
Why Bleaching Makes White Flour Even Worse, Dr. Mercola
It has been shown that alloxan is a byproduct of the flour bleaching process, the process they use to make flour look so “clean” and — well, white. No, they are technically not adding alloxan to the flour — although you will read this bit of misinformation on the Internet. But, they are doing chemical treatments to the grain that result in the formation of alloxan in the flour.
With so little food value already in a piece of white bread, now there is potentially a chemical poison lurking in there as well.
So what is so bad about alloxan?
Alloxan, or C4 H2O4N2, is a product of the decomposition of uric acid. It is a poison that is used to produce diabetes in healthy experimental animals (primarily rats and mice), so that researchers can then study diabetes “treatments” in the lab. Alloxan causes diabetes because it spins up enormous amounts of free radicals in pancreatic beta cells, thus destroying them.
Beta cells are the primary cell type in areas of your pancreas called islets of Langerhans, and they produce insulin; so if those are destroyed, you get diabetes.
Do You Know a Child Who Will Only Eat Chicken McNuggets?
Once exposed to chicken nuggets, many kids become almost addicted and limit their options when eating out to these salt-filled breaded wonders. It was reported that one teenager ate Chicken McNuggets (and almost nothing else) for 15 years until she collapsed at work, struggling to breathe. Now she and her mom realize that was probably not a good idea. [source]
10 Piece Chicken Nuggets
410 Calories, 26 grams Carbs, 24 grams Fat, 900mg salt
Why do parents cave in when a child demands chicken nuggets and refuses to eat anything else? It is easier in the moment but as you can see from the story above, they may not grow out of the McNugget Addiction. Stop buying chicken nuggets. They can’t eat what isn’t available to them.
- Prepare dinner and have the family sit down at the table together to eat. Have a conversation! Prepare simple food but not processed food. Try meat and vegetables. Real Food. Burgers and roasted vegetables. Grilled chicken and sweet potatoes. Meat loaf and carrots. Family members who are not hungry still need to sit at the table with everyone else. Encourage that they try a few bites then keep their plate covered until they are hungry for the meal, otherwise there are no other food options until tomorrow. Yes, it is ok to go to bed hungry if they are not willing to eat the food that has been prepared.
- Do not become a short order cook. Prepare only one meal and avoid making special food for the kids. Let them help you make the food if possible.
- When kids are hungry between lunch and dinner, offer them a fruit or vegetable snack. It will be met with rebellion at first (I know, I had to make this transition when my kids were in grade school). If the message is consistent, they will adapt. I had success with making salads and having them on the table when the kids came home from school. If they were hungry I would say, “Eat your salad first. Dinner will be ready after that.”
- Stop trying to force the child to eat. Just offer the food and enjoy your meal while they sit with you. Keep the dinner table free of electronics.
- Try to incorporate a little fun into the meal choices. Lettuce wraps with filling options like ground beef, cheese, tomato, and olives. Have little bowls of dressing or sauces for dipping veggies. Prepare vegetables in different ways. Many kids love roasted vegetables or interesting options like roasted kale “chips” or zucchini muffins.
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