Wake Up Call

Fast Food Chains Stop Using "Pink Slime" and A Quick Look at Your Blood After a Burger

If you haven't seen this picture already, it's your (un)lucky day. It's the dreaded "Pink Slime" -- mechanically separated chicken cleaned with ammonia hydroxide, And according to Internet reports early last year, your McDonald's chicken nuggets were made out of the pink paste. 

It turns out that McDonald's nuggets have actually been pink slime-free since 2003 when they switched over to all white, non-mechanically separated chicken parts, but the Golden Arches' burgers still contained a beef variety of the "pink slime." And Burger King and Taco Bell were using the mechanically separated beef, AKA "Finely Textured Lean Beef Trimmings" in their menu items as well.

The vomit-inducing controversial "pink slime" has been earning its fair share of negative publicity after Naked Chef Jamie Oliver made his own pink chicken slime in a food processor on his TV show Food Revolution back in 2010 (which you can watch here and again when he brought a couple butchers onto the show to explain "Finely Textured Lean Beef Trimmings" here)

Last Friday, The Daily Mail reported that the fast food giant McDonald's, along with Burger King and Taco Bell, will no longer be using the beef filler in their products. Score one for Jamie Oliver! It may have been safe to eat but it's pretty gross. 

On another fast food-related note: Have you ever wondered what exactly those fast food burgers are doing to your blood? A good friend of mine who happens to be studying nutrition at ASU decided to do a little experiment. It involved him eating an Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger value meal from Jack in the Box (which does not fill their burgers with the pink stuff) and then having his blood drawn. It's pretty gross and it might make you rethink consuming close to 1700 calories and 90 grams of fat in one sitting. 

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Shannon Armour
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