10 Most Toxic Ingredients Lurking In Fast Food

Natural Beef Flavor

McDonald's World Famous Fries are made with natural beef flavor that "contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients,"

Potassium Bromate

Cording says. "While it does get 'used up' in the baking process if the appropriate amount is used, when too much is included in a recipe

Propylene Glycol

It's worth pointing out that propylene glycol is also used in non-food products, cosmetics, anti-freeze, and ice packs, which isn't particularly appetizing."


Fried meals and snacks found at fast-food restaurants are likely to contain the preservative tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, in order to prevent spoilage

Calcium Sulfate

Another anti-caking agent and dough strengthener, this colorless ingredient used in rolls and baked goods does provide some calcium to foods

Phosphate Additives

Soda, flavored waters, packaged meat, processed cheese, and chicken nuggets are just a handful of the foods that are likely to contain this food additive


 "The amounts used in food are generally considered safe, though animal studies showed a potential link to certain cancers with large doses."

Propyl gallate

A food preservative used to delay food spoilage and extend shelf life in oils, propyl gallate is an artificial ingredient in corn products, meat products


The authors learned that burgers and sandwiches purchased at fast-food restaurants and cafeterias were linked with higher levels of phthalates: approximately 30%.


 "Exposure to PFAS is an especially high concern in the context of COVID-19 since they are linked to suppression of the immune system as well as chronic conditions

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