It’s Not Good, In Fact’s It’s Too Corny

Here at TGFC, we avoid McDonalds like the plague (in fact we look at McDonalds like a world wide plague). However, reading Michael Polan’s excellent book ‘The Omnivores Dilemma’ gave us some figures even we were shocked by.

We already knew that the four main ingredients of the average Western diet were Corn, Rice, Wheat & Soy, but we were surprised to find that out of the non liquid items in McDonalds products, they contained the following percentages of corn, or corn derived products (such as High fructose Corn Syrup).

  • Soft drink 100%
  • Milk shake 78%
  • Salad dressing 65%
  • Chicken nuggets 56%
  • Cheeseburger 52%
  • French Fries 23%

That means there’s more corn in a McDonalds cheeseburger than anything else. The last one is the one that we wondered about the most though. Why is almost a quarter of the contents of a portion of French Fries derived from corn?