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Why do I feel better in Europe?

Europe bans many additives that are allowed in the US. Many of these additives are phosphates. See EFSA issues new advice on phosphates.


For a specific example, look at the ingredients for Chicken McNuggets in the US vs Great Britain. Notice the lack of phosphates in the European version.


Ingredients: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Vegetable Oil (canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Enriched Flour (bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Bleached Wheat Flour, Yellow Corn Flour, Vegetable Starch (modified Corn, Wheat, Rice, Pea, Corn), Salt, Leavening (baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Lactate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Spices, Yeast Extract, Lemon Juice Solids, Dextrose, Natural Flavors.


Ingredients: EITHER: Chicken Breast Meat (45%), Water, Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed), Maize Flour, Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Flour (contains Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Starches, Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Semolina, Breadcrumb (contains Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT), Natural Flavourings (contains Allergen Ingredient:CELERY), Potassium Chloride, Dried Glucose Syrup, Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Gluten, Salt, Raising Agents (Sodium Carbonates), Pepper, Allergen Ingredient:CELERY, Dextrose.

Potential Allergen Ingredient:N.B. May contain traces of milk and mustard.

OR: Chicken Breast Meat (45%), Water, Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed), Maize Flour, Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Flour (contains Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Starch, Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Semolina, Breadcrumb (Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Flour (contains Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Salt), Natural Flavourings (contain Allergen Ingredient:CELERY), Allergen Ingredient:WHEAT Gluten, Potassium Chloride, Dried Glucose Syrup, Salt, Raising Agents (Sodium Carbonates), Spices (contain Allergen Ingredient:CELERY), Dextrose.

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