Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's in those ribs?

The McRib is back. Yeah for us???  I think not.

Sorry for you McRib lovers I am about to ruin your day.

Just like the chicken nuggets being made out of pink slime, the McRib is actually "restructured meat product" which contains a mixture of tripe (intestine), heart, and scalded stomach (pig stomach??  You know what pigs eat? Do you really want to go there?), which is then mixed with salt and water to extract proteins from the muscle. The proteins bind all the pork trimmings together so that it can be re-molded into any specific shape — in this case, a fake slab of ribs. On a closer inspection of McDonald's own ingredient list reveals that the pork sandwich contains a total of 70 ingredients. This includes azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80.
The azodicarbonamide, is a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive.

If the chemistry-lab ingredient list isn’t enough to put you off the McRib, perhaps the nutrition information will. The entire sandwich packs a whopping 500 calories, 26 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, and 980 milligrams of sodium. 

Be smart, make good choices and stay healthy

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