Wednesday, February 10, 2010
CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA . . . "But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary
butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the
nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to "help preserve freshness." According to A Consumer's
Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to
use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is
probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing
in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse." Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill."