McDonald’s is Changing Their McNugget Recipe to Be McHealthier

Olivia Jakiel
(Photo: OBSEV / McDonald's)

Let’s be real here: If you’re heading to McDonald’s, chances are you’re not looking for a paleo-friendly meal to stuff into your face at 1 A.M. But if for some reason you’re looking for a healthier option at the fast food chain, you’re in luck — McDonald’s has been testing out a “cleaner” chicken McNugget recipe in U.S. restaurants across Oregon and Washington.

If you’ve ever actually looked at what exactly a chicken McNugget is made of, you’ll know that some of the ingredients include sodium phosphates, dextrose (sugar), and Dimethylpolysiloxane, which is a nonflammable silicone compound.


In order to appeal to more health conscious customers, McDonald’s is simplifying their recipe. A spokesperson for McDonald’s said, “These new Chicken McNuggets are made with a simpler recipe that parents can feel good about while keeping the same great taste they know and love.  More than ever, customers care about where their food comes from and how it is prepared.”

The U.S. is pretty late to the game on this whole “healthy nugget” thing. McDonald’s restaurants in Europe are already made with “100% chicken breast meat and no artificial colors or flavors added,” so I guess it’s about time the United States followed suit.

Regardless of if the recipe change will hit locations nationwide, one thing is certain: I better get more than ONE dipping sauce with my 10-piece order. 





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