Ahh, the McDonalds McRib – said to enjoy a cult-like following – is back and its ingredients have appeared on a lot of websites lately. Each site has their own spin on the horror of the ingredients. I haven’t found any sites, other than maybe McDonalds itself, that say anything good about the 70 (34 in the bun alone!) ingredients present in the popular McRib sandwich.
The one ingredient that seems to horrify people the most is azodicarbonamide, about which Meredith Melnick of Time’s Health & Fitness online writes, “Azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a ‘respiratory sensitizer’ that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.”
Elsewhere, on Honey Colony, Blake Buford adds, “If that’s not nasty enough for you, the gelatinous, manufactured, meat-like patty in the McRib is made using restructured meat technology, a term which has thankfully been defined for the masses:
Restructured meat products are commonly manufactured by using lower-valued meat trimmings reduced in size by comminution (flaking, chunking, grinding, chopping or slicing). The comminuted meat mixture is mixed with salt and water to extract salt-soluble proteins. These extracted proteins are critical to produce a ‘glue’ which binds muscle pieces together. These muscle pieces may then be reformed to produce a ‘meat log’ of specific form or shape. The log is then cut into steaks or chops which, when cooked, are similar in appearance and texture to their intact muscle counterparts.
To try to polish the McRib’s reputation, McDonald’s is now making a concerted effort to tell news outlets that ‘no tripe, heart, stomach, offal or similar parts are used’ in the patty…. Phew! The sandwich was beginning to sound gross!”
Here at Sleuth4Health, my concern is jeez, how many GMOs can you spot in these ingredients? Let’s look at the bun and sauce – as several of the GE ingredients below appear in both:
HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), corn meal, soybean and cottonseed oils, sugar, soy flour, mono and diglycerides, modified starch, soy lecithin, xantham gum, caramel color, beet powder
The take away? Processed food – whether out of a carton purchased in a store, or wrapped in a shiny sandwich foil is not good for you, even if the packaging or advertising says it is. Aside from the GMOs, you’re often ingesting a day’s worth of sodium, saturated and/or trans fats, laboratory created artificial flavors, ingredients and additives, blood-sugar-havoc-raising substances like high fructose corn syrup and the list goes on.
And if you’re thinking… ok, but why does the McRib taste so good? I invite you to try naturally raised pork rib meat served on additive free homemade bread moistened by non-GMO spreads and sauces and organic vegetables. The thing is, you’re either going to have to make it yourself or pay three times as much for it.
In all fairness, there is one very healthy ingredient in the McRib – onions.