The McDonald’s new Egg White Delight McMuffin hit the fast food breakfast scene recently. I’m personally surprised by how many people are gobbling up McDonalds’ slick marketing of this sandwich as something healthy to eat on the run in the morning.
Although it looks completely unappetizing to me, it is similar to what you get when you order at Subway. A sandwich that is low in macronutrients (fat) and even lower in micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals). Besides the whopping 800 mg. of sodium it contains, the ingredients in the Egg White Delight McMuffin consist of a blend of chemicals and preservatives, beginning with what McDonald’s cooks their “100% Pure Egg White” in.
Ingredient No. 1 – McDonald’s Egg Whites
Besides the fact that the egg whites used by McDonalds are surely from caged hens that produce eggs with minimal nutritional value, whole eggs with yolks are way healthier for you. Egg yolks contain numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are missing in egg whites. Yolks also give the eggs flavor…naturally. McDonalds fries their tasteless egg whites up on the grill with their “liquid margarine“.
Ingredient No. 2 – McDonald’s Liquid Margarine
McDonald’s liquid margarine is primarily comprised of soybean oil. Most soybean oil is made from genetically engineered (GMO) soybeans. I try to get all of my dietary fat from healthy sources, and soybean oil is inferior in terms of nutrition to to other oils. McDonald’s mixes this inferior oil with hydrogenated cottonseed oil, hydrogenated soybean oil and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. If you know anything about partially hydrogenated oils, you know that it’s trans fat. Trans fat is a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. McDonald’s further adds soy lecithin (GMO), and the preservatives Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate. Finally, they feel the need to add artificial flavors. We are just getting started here.
Ingredient No. 3 – McDonald’s Pasteurized Process White Cheddar Cheese
Watch out for the sodium phosphate in McDonald’s cheese. This additive is in many fast foods, so it’s no surprise to find it here. Nonetheless, it’s not safe to eat on a regular basis according to research conducted at The Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland. High phosphate levels in the body cause the slow deterioration of the kidneys, high mortality rates, age acceleration and heart disease. This doesn’t happen overnight. It is the snowball effect caused by years of eating phosphate-rich foods, such as the McDonald’s Egg White McMuffin Delight. You will also find phosphates in their canadian bacon.
Ingredient No. 4 – McDonald’s Canadian-Style Bacon
If you read my recent article about sodium nitrites, you’ve already been schooled on the dangers of adding nitrites to meat. Not only does McDonald’s add sodium nitrite to their canadian bacon, but they add sodium lactate. Sodium lactate is prohibited in baby food products, and large doses have been shown to cause chest pain, wheezing, inability to focus, muscle cramps, tremors, and swelling of the face or throat. Mmm, yummy!
Ingredient No. 5 – McDonald’s English Muffin with 8 g. of Whole Grain
I love how McDonald’s calls their english muffin “Whole Grain” to make it sound healthy. I’m sure that it contains a negligible amount of whole wheat flour, but it primarily consists of refined wheat flour with azodicarbonamide. Azodicarbonamide is banned in most of Europe, and Singapore will fine you $450,000 and send you to prison for up to 15 years if you try to add it to food over there.
Supposedly in an effort to make it look like a healthier brown bread, they color it with cancer promoting caramel coloring. McDonald’s further adds high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sweeten it up. Even when consumed in moderation, HFCS has been shown to be a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia and liver failure.
Do these ingredients sound healthy to you?
I truly believe that the main reason that people eat the Egg White Delight is because they are told that it is healthy, quick and easy. I like healthy, quick and easy too, I just choose not to believe what the corporate marketing machine is telling me.
While it takes a bit of preparation on my part, I make sure to buy my favorite fresh veggies every week so that I always have something healthy on hand to cook at home. For instance, this morning I chopped up crimini mushrooms, spinach, bell pepper and onion. This took 5 minutes. I sauteed the veggies in some extra-virgin coconut oil for a few minutes and cracked in some eggs. In about 5 more minutes, it was all scrambled up, and I had the best damn breakfast that was healthy, quick and easy! It really isn’t that difficult, it just takes the gumption to change how you think about food and how you want to feed your body.
I’m working on a new breakfast sandwich recipe, which I will be posting soon. In the meantime, try my recipe for breakfast tacos. They are absolutely delicious!
The McDonald’s Egg White Delight McMuffin is a delightful mess of 63 ingredients. How delightful is that?
Full List of Ingredients in the McDonald's Egg White Delight McMuffin Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Yeast, Maltodextrin, Cornmeal, Contains 2% Or Less: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Natural Flavor (Plant Source), Dough Conditioners (DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono- and Tricalcium Phosphate, Enzymes), Calcium Citrate, Citric Acid, Wheat Starch, Torula Yeast, Caramel Color, Sorbitan Monostearate, Egg Whites, Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono-and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color), Pork, Water, Sugar, Salt, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Sodium Diacetate And Sodium Nitrite (Preservatives), Milk, Water, Cheese Culture, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), May Contain One or More of: Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Enzymes, Acetic Acid, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation).
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