Friday, February 3, 2012

Look What's In These Chicken Nuggets - Part 3 of 4 -Banquet Chicken Nuggets

Thirdly, we have Banquet chicken nuggets.

Chicken Thigh, Water, Breader (Wheat Flour, Salt, Dextrose, Spice, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Extractives of Paprika), Batter (Water, Yellow Corn Flour, Cornstarch, Dextrose, Salt, Spices, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Modified Food Starch, Garlic Powder, Guar Gum, Leavening [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate]), Textured Soy Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein, Isolate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Flavorings. Fried in Vegetable Oil with BHT.

Contains: wheat, soy.
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Guar gum: a fiber from the seed of the guar plant that used as a laxative.
It is also used for treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity, and diabetes; for reducing cholesterol; and for preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
In foods and beverages, guar gum is used as a thickening, stabilizing, suspending, and binding agent.
In manufacturing, guar gum is used as a binding agent in tablets, and as a thickening agent in lotions and creams.

BHT or Butylated Hydroxytoluene,  is an anti-oxidant which reacts with oxygen free radicals to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or color. As such, it is primarily used to prevent fats in foods from becoming rancid – but it is also used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products, electrical transformer oil, and embalming fluid. 
Look what is found on the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) 

Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.
Ingestion causes Abdominal pain. Confusion. Dizziness. Nausea. Vomiting.
The substance may have effects on the liver.
The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.

Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) is a sodium salt of triphosphoric acid that has the appearance of white crystal powder. It is odorless and is water soluble. In a highly controlled environment, it is made by combining monosodium phosphate and disodium phosphate. Among its many uses, sodium tripolyphosphate generally is used as a builder and a preservative.

As a builder, sodium tripolyphosphate mainly is used in detergents and soaps. This includes dishwasher detergents as well as laundry detergents. It is used in most gel, liquid, tablet, and powder forms of each type of detergent. In the detergent, it helps strengthen the cleaning action.

Sodium tripolyphosphate is a strong cleaning ingredient that typically can rid dishes and fabrics of soil and spots. Its key function is that it allows surfactants to work at their full potential. Also, it prevents deposition of soil and acts as a pH buffer. It softens detergent water and can be used as a water treatment, as well. Many household cleaning products, including surface and toilet cleaners, contain STPP due to its cleaning component.

The uses of sodium tripolyphosphate also include using it as a preservative. It can be used to preserve foods such as red meats, poultry, and seafood, helping them to retain their tenderness and moisture. Pet food and animal feed have been known to be treated with STPP, serving the same general purpose as it does in human food. STPP also has been used in helping to preserve the quality of drinks such as milk and fruit juices.

There are many other uses of sodium tripolyphosphate, as well. It is used in paint as a pigment dispersant. Ceramics use it to help disperse clay, and paper mills use it as an oil-resistant agent when coating paper. It additionally has been used as a tanning agent in making leather, and the minerals in cement have been known to be treated with it. Sodium tripolyphosphate also has been used as an additive in toothpaste due to its cleaning action.

It generally is advised that sodium tripolyphosphate be stored in a cool and well-ventilated area. Direct sunlight and damp areas usually should be avoided. If STPP comes into contact with skin, the area should be thoroughly rinsed. If eye contact is made, it is important to immediately flush the eyes. STPP is not intended to be ingested or directly inhaled either by human beings or by animals.

Dextrose: Sugar

Autolyzed Yeast Extract: Is a substance that is formed when yeast is broken down into separate components and is a less expensive form of MSG. MSG has been reported to cause numerous health concerns such as severe allergies, cancer and heart disease.

Sodium bicarbonate: also known as baking soda, is a chemical salt that can found in things from baked goods to toothpaste to medication. When used in cooking, baking soda makes chicken skin crispy, keeps veggies crisp and is a major ingredient in bread. Soda bread is an Irish staple that relies on baking soda for leavening. 

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate: as a leavening agent or acid for mixing baking powders, this is a new product in the baking industry. It has a different performance profile than other leavening agents; it reacts slowly with the Sodium Bicarbonate in the mixing stage, there is only a 20 to 30 % Carbon Dioxide delivery from available. The difference is released during the oven stage. It also has an excellent buffering action for flour mixes, enhancing the properties of the formula ingredients. When using it the product is crunchy and has fine texture. Its use is very generalized.

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