Pass on the Processed Chicken

Here’s more reason not to eat processed food, the gunk lurking in various chicken amalgamations. Jim Foster of Diet Blog is on it:
This product from Australia - Inghams Chicken Steaks - note the "100% Chicken Breast" at bottom right? Let's compare this with the ingredients.

"CHICKEN (51%), WATER, FLOUR (WHEAT, RYE, SOY), SALT, THICKENERS (1404, 412), "... and the list goes on

…KFC chicken Strips From KFC: "Juicy, 100% all-white meat chicken breast".

Let's take a look at the ingredients (buried deep within the KFC site):

Chicken Breast Strips Containing up to 43% of a Solution of: Water, Seasoning (Soy Protein Concentrate, Salt, Rice Starch, Carrageenan, Dextrose, Onion Powder, Dehydrated Chicken Broth, Maltodextrin, Spice Extractives), Sodium Phosphate. Breaded with Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Calcium Silicate (as Anticaking Agent), Modified Corn Starch, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor, Extractives of Turmeric, and Extractives of Annatto
Now, I’d NEVER eat either of these, but the point is clear. Stay away from manufactured food and stick with what Mother Nature intended—agreed?
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Llouise - April 5, 2008 11:03 AM

Isn't that word, "Solution" scary? :O
Sounds like Dr. Frankenstein whipped up this stuff. Eek.

lumie - April 7, 2008 6:41 AM

Wow that's pretty shocking - is it legal to label them as 100% chicken when they're clearly not? I'm glad I'm a vegetarian!

Cara G. Nin - May 3, 2008 5:24 AM

Carrageenan is a WONDERFUL additive, that makes ice cream taste delicious. I don't know what I would do if 99.999% of ice cream produced in the US stopped using Carrageenan, xanthan and guar gums, and so on. I guess I'd be left with that nasty, and undesirable "Old-Fashioned" taste of CREAM, milk and sugar. eeeeeeew. I like my ice cream to have a nice slimy texture and be half-melted when I scoop it out of the container. Mm mm! Then I get that nice vaseline-coating inside my mouth and stomach from all the carrageenan! Delicious! HOW DARE you insult carrageenan. Don't you realize that carrageenan is in almost everything, including DELI MEATS (cold cuts)???>~? YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM IT. PEOPLE ARE BEING CONDITIONED TO ACCEPT THE MOUTHFEEL OF CARRAGEENAN. FIRST WE PUT IT IN ICE CREAM, THEN SOYMILK, THEN YOGURT, THEN MILKSHAKES, THEN COLD CUTS, THEN...your soul!!!!!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHA. There's no stopping the slimy carrageenan machine. Don't even try. OH, you keep citing some vague wikipedia entry generated by the carrageenan PR minions who claim that "Irish housewives" have been boiling and eating carrageenan for centuries. Oh really. Then why has it only been forced upon us for the past 10 years? It's about as natural as MSG. I don't care about the health effects of it. The point is that it's nasty, and I hate the texture of it, and what it does to my beloved whipped cream and ice cream. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT CARRAGEENAN, if they don't believe it's bad and nasty, make them some homemade whipped/ice cream and MAKE THEM TASTE THE DIFFERENCE. FIGHT THE GOD DAMN CARRAGEENAN RACKET BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

P.S. Forgot it was in chicken too. GROSS.

Rich - June 20, 2009 2:39 PM

Most of this stuff seems like spices. Ovbiously breaded fried chicken is going to have flour and oil. What exactly is the ingredient we have a problem with?

I don't think I want to eat chicken without spices. Plain old salt and pepper is great, but variety is also nice.

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