I mentioned this CNN item in a fast food thread:http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/8-creepy-mystery-ingredients-in-fast-food?hpt=hp_bn12
5. Petroleum-derived preservatives (TBHQ)
Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is made from compounds derived from petroleum and finds a home in cosmetic and skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins — and processed food. McDonald’s, for example, uses it in 18 products ranging from their Fruit and Walnut Salad to Griddle Cakes to McNuggets.
TBHQ was finally approved after many years of pressure from food manufacturers, though with approval, the FDA mandated that the chemical must not exceed 0.02 percent of a food’s oil and fat content.
Why would there be a limit? Because five grams would be lethal, while one gram can cause nausea, vomiting, delirium, a sense of suffocation and collapse. (Although you would have to eat more than 11 pounds of McNuggets to reach that level. And if you're willing to eat 11 pounds of McNuggets in one sitting, well...)
Now I doubt that kid could eat 11 pounds of chicken nuggets even in one year, but I imagine if fed that couple times daily over and over, there could be some buildup of a chemical like that that would affect one's health in ways just beyond being chubby.
I've learned to like Popeye's chicken nuggets, maybe a couple times a month at most. I don't pretend they're healthy per se (it's still fried, breaded chicken). But it does look like actual shredded chicken meat (i.e., dead and from an animal, not "formed" into uniform shapes) that's then deep fried quickly. Though for all I know, maybe it's full of this TBHQ too.
I had some last night. I am feeling... a sense of... DELIRIUM!!!