An easy way to decide if a food is a little too processed to eat, is to work backwards along the production line. If there are more than a couple of steps in the process of getting this food on your plate from its point of origin, you probably should just say no.
An example is chicken nuggets. The makers of these things try to convince you that its just chicken and breadcrumbs, but there is a bit more to it than that.
Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. It comes out looking like a chicken snofreeze. Yes that is chicken in the above picture.........Wonder if the Mr. Whippy ice cream trucks will be selling it this summer........?
It is then washed with ammonia, artificially flavoured to mask the ammonia, and dyed with artificial color.
This is the final ingredient list:
White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent
I don't know about you, but that is a few too many steps in the process. How about this instead:
Take a real live chicken, kill it, cook it, eat it..............