Thursday, July 8, 2010

McDonald's Fries with Seaweed Seasoning?

So, I'm sitting at McDonald's and decided to slowly kill myself by having my side of fries. I noticed the little pack of seaweed seasoning that you're suppose to add to the fries. Checking the ingredients on the little package, I decided that the fries didn't need the additional help in slowly killing me.

Here are the ingredients of the seaweed seasoning.

Maltodextrin - Food additive; made from corn starch; often found in sodas and candy.
Dextrose Powder - This is just glucose; probably part of the maltodextrin.
Salt - Self explanatory.
Seaweed powder - Probably aonori.
Sea Lettuce Powder - Not sure how this is different to seaweed powder.
Lobster Powder - I was almost sure this was going to be a shady ingrediant. But apparently, it's actually made from lobster and is quite natural.
Sugar - Self explanatory.
Soy Sauce Powder - more salt and maltodextrin but this time with soybean.
Flavouring - Right...
Anti-caking agent E551 - Yum...
Flavour Enhancer E635 - Is this really necessary with all those aromatic powders already?
Vegetable Oil - Of course.
Spices - Right...

Mix this with the ingredients of McDonald's fries and you see what a mess it is.

Potatoes - Certainly...
vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives], citric acid [preservative]) - Wonder what they use for "natural beef flavor"...
Dextrose - We've seen this before...
Sodium acid pyrophosphate - Keeps potatos from darkening.
Salt - More of this?
Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent) - Again, more yummy goodness..

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