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So the other day, after I kept hearing all about the delicious coffee being offered for free at McDonald’s, I decided perhaps I’d try one. I’m not at all a coffee drinker but since it was free and all, I thought what the heck, I’d give it a try. However, being the anal label reader that I am, I decided I just had to find the list of ingredients for their coffee. And boy am I ever glad I did!

I kept hearing rumors of certain coffee shops and fast food joints that actually put MSG in their coffee (yuck!). But after seeing the list of ingredients, I realized this was far worse.

I wish I had posted this sooner when the free coffee promotion at McDonald’s had just begun. But hopefully it will scare some people off of purchasing coffee from Micky D’s any time soon.

Here is a list of the chemicals being added to McDonald’s coffee: sodium phosphate, sodium polyphosphate, Di-Acetyl Tartrate Ester of Monoglyceride, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, and sodium citrate. Yikes!!

What exactly does all that mean? Here’s a breakdown on some of the chemicals:

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate – a solid powder irritating to eyes and skin, and hazardous in case of inhalation.

Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate when ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Sodium Hexametaphosphate – the Material Safety Data Sheet warns “do not ingest”.

Sodium Citrate includes diarrhea as an adverse reaction. It should also be “used with caution in patients with cardiac failure, hypertension, impaired renal function, peripheral and pulmonary edema, and toxemia of pregnancy.”

That’s pretty disturbing if you ask me. No wonder we have so many health issues here and in the States – we are constantly bombarded with chemicals. It is far safer making your own coffee at home (actually, green tea or herbal teas would be the ideal).

Next time you grab a cuppa Joe, ask yourself: would you like some coffee with your chemicals?


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