Fast Food Journey

Krispy Kreme Doughnut


Enriched bleached wheat flour – white flour. The bran and the germ portion of the whole wheat, rich in vitamins and minerals, are refined out. Bleaching is usually done with chlorine which destroys more of the vitamins and must be added back artificially. To compensate for refining out around 20 nutrients, 4 synthetic nutrients are added, niacin (vitamin B3), reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (synthetic vitamin B1), and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Can lead to nutritional imbalances,

Bleached Wheat Flour,

Niacin – a B vitamin made from water, air and petroleum,
reduced iron Generally recognised as safe,
Thiamine – a B vitamin, made from coal tar,
Riboflavin – a B vitamin commonly made from candida yeasts or other bacteria,
Folic Acid – vitamin made from petroleum (mostly from china),
Dextrose– Carrier, Disintegrating Agent, Dispersing Agent, Formulation Aid, Humectant, Moisture-Retaining Agent, Nutritive Sweetener, Tableting Aid, Texture-Modifying Agent, Texturizer

Vegetable Shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil) associated with heart disease, breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis and elevated cholesterol, and obesity. Trans fat is known to increase the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and decrease the “good” cholesterol (HDL). It can clog your arteries and cause Type 2 Diabetes, as well as other serious health problems. They disrupt nerve cell intercommunication – associated with ADHD and ADHD like symptoms. May contain undeclared synthetic antioxidants (310-312, 319-321), most likely BHA 320 or TBHQ 319, which affect children’s health, behavior and learning.


Sugar – mostly from sugar beets. Refined sugars can promote obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease,

Soy Flour,

Egg Yolks,

Vital Wheat Gluten,


Nonfat Milk,

Yeast Nutrients

Calcium Sulfate – Dietary Supplement, Dough Conditioner, Firming Agent, Nutrient, Sequestrant, Yeast Food,
Ammonium Sulfate – may cause mouth ulcers, nausea, kidney and liver problems,
dough conditioners

Calcium Dioxide – irritating to the skin,
Monocalcium and Dicalcium Phosphate – skin and eye irritant,
Diammonium Phosphate – also used as a fertilizer, fire retardant, used in animal feed as a source of non-protein nitrogen and phosphorous,
Sodium Stearoyl-2-lacrylate – emulsifier, plasticizer, surfactant,
Ascorbic Acid – Antioxidant, Dietary Supplement, Nutrient, Preservative
Sodium Bicarbonate – Alkali, Leavening Agent
Calcium Carbonate – in general can cause mineral deficiencies,

Mono-and-Diglycerides – Emulsifier, Foaming Agent, Stabilizer, Suspending Agent, Whipping Agent,

Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides – dough conditioners used to increase volume, emulsifier – may be soy, corn, peanut or fat based. They may cause genetic changes, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions,

Lecithin – emulsifier,

Calcium Propionate – (to retain freshness) mold inhibitor,

Cellulose Gum – made from cotton byproducts, used as a stabilizer shown to cause cancer in animals,

Natural and Artificial Flavors – A single natural or artificial flavor can contain many ingredients; for example the artificial “strawberry” flavor contains 49 ingredients or chemical compounds. Companies keep the identity of artificial (and natural) flavorings secret. Flavorings may include substances to which some people are sensitive, such as MSG or HVP, another way to avoid declaring them on the label – associated with allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, possible carcinogen, allergic or behavioral reactions,

Fungal Alpha Amylase – enzyme secreted by many fungi,

Amylase – enzymes from various fungi used as antibacterial additives, imparts flavor, causes the bread to rise. Workers in factories that work with amylase are at increased risk of occupational asthma,

Maltogenic Amylase – an enzyme preparation produced by recombinant DNA techniques,

Pantosenase – information not found,

Protease Enzymes,

Sodium Caseinate – casein texturizer, chemically produced milk powder,

Corn Maltodextrin – starch used as a texturizer and flavor enhancer. Produced by the chemical or enzyme breakdown of corn starch,

Corn Syrup Solids – produced by the chemical or enzyme breakdown of corn starch, corn sugar may cause allergic reactions,

BHT – (to help protect flavor) retards rancidity in oils, can cause liver and kidney damage, allergic reactions, hyperactivity and behavioral problems, infertility, weakened immune system, birth defects, cancer; should be avoided by infants, young children, pregnant women and those sensitive to aspirin, may be toxic to the nervous system, (BHT – banned in England),

Glaze also may contain:

Calcium Carbonate – chalk, used as an emulsifier, may cause constipation, occurs naturally in limestone,

Agar– stabilizer and thickener obtained from various seaweed,

Locust Bean Gum – a thickener and stabilizer in cosmetics and food extracted from the seeds of the carob tree,

Disodium Phosphate – used commercially as an anti-caking additive in powdered products. May cause mild irritation to the skin and mucus membranes,

and Sorbitan Monostearate – referred to as a synthetic wax, emulsifier, defoamer, and flavor dispersing additive.

One thought on “Fast Food Journey

  1. This list is amazing. How can this many ingredients be found in ONE glazed donut?
    Your RESPONSES to this laborious sleuth work? ??
    Where did you get information on safety / dangers of certain food additives? Can you include a link?
    And we definitely need a photo of that donut :/
    just wow.

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