The ingredients list of a chicken McNugget is actually quite terrifying

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McDonald's doesn't have a particularly good reputation when it comes to providing wholesome, healthy food, despite recent "healthy" additions to its menu.

Chicken nuggets, now a staple McDonald's product, initially introduced to the menu in 1983 and consisted of pieces of battered, deep-fried processed meat.

Over 25 years later, the fast-food giant has decided to test a cleaner version of its McNuggets, by cutting down on its ingredients list in 140 restaurants in the US.

A McDonald's spokesperson told Crain's :

These new Chicken McNuggets are made with a simpler recipe that parents can feel good about while keeping the same great taste they know and love.

Which comes as something of a relief, considering there are currently 31 other ingredients apart from chicken in McNuggets...

1. Water

2. Modified food starch

3. Salt

4. Autolyzed Yeast Extract

5. Wheat Starch

6. Natural Flavoring

7. Safflower Oil

8. Dextrose

9. Citric Acid

10. Sodium Phosphates

11. Enriched Flour

12. Bleached Wheat Flour

13. Niacin

14. Reduced Iron

15. Thiamin Mononitrate

16. Riboflavin

17. Folic Acid

18. Yellow Corn Flour

19. Baking Soda

20. Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate

21. Sodium Aluminum Phosphate

22. Monocalcium Phosphate

23. Calcium Lactate

24. Spices

25. Corn Starch

26. Canola Oil

27. Corn Oil

28. Soybean Oil

29. Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

30. TBHQ

31. Citric Acid

32 Dimethylpolysiloxane

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