All I wanted was a roast chicken.
After a hard day, I just didn’t feel like cooking and since I was at Costco already, a $4.99 Kirkland Signature Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken seemed like the perfect solution. A bargain and Keto to boot, or so I thought. It says right on the package “*No Added Hormones or Steroids” and “No Preservatives, MSG, Gluten, Artificial Flavors or Colors”. I admit I was tired and didn’t look at the ingredients like I normally do. I trusted when I shouldn’t have, and I paid the price. About an hour after happily eating half a chicken breast and a wing with the skin on, my stomach began to get upset. Without getting too graphic, it was several hours of terrible tummy troubles. I couldn’t think of why this happened. So I looked at the package again.
Breaking down the ingredient list to see what we find.
Whole Chicken. Ok since it is a chicken, this is not a surprising ingredient. Water. Processed chickens are pumped with up to a fifth of its weight in water. That means 1/5 of the weight of the chicken “meat” you buy is water weight. And it isn’t illegal for them to do it as long as they say it on the package. That means that one pound of a five pound chicken could be pure water.
Seasonings. In this case, seasonings consist of Salt, which is fine. Sodium Phosphate. This is a salt additive that helps to keep meats moist to fool you into thinking it is fresher than it really is. Modified Food Starch. Specifically potato and tapioca starch. These starches are used as a stabilizer and thickener in foods. This allows them to keep the chicken longer under the heat lamps that keep it hot and is also why they use the Sodium Phosphate because otherwise, the chicken would dry out quickly.
Potato Dextrin. This is used to give the chicken that nice brown color. And is also a starch. And what are starches? That’s right, carbohydrates. Spice Extractives. These spices are used in foods because they have a longer shelf life than most raw spices. They are comprised of essential oils and are used in processed foods because they are consistent in flavor.
Last and worst of all…
Carrageenan. I have to say I was gobsmacked when I read what this was. It is a food additive used in many organic foods and is used as a thickener and emulsifier. It is destructive to the digestion system, triggering an immune response that is not unlike the response your body has when it is invaded by pathogens like salmonella. Let that sink in for a second. Basically, it’s a miracle if you don’t get some kind of stomach discomfort from this. Yet it is approved for use in food.
So there ya go, the breakdown of the ingredients is complete. I hope you will think about it the next time you are grabbing a quick bite to eat. Read the labels on everything, all the time. I know I will.