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Old 11-14-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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McDonalds' McRib and its cult-like following are back. Thank goodness the "disconcerting" sandwich is only returning for a limited time only, says Meredith Melnick at TIME. Because if you knew about all the unpronounceable ingredients packed into the McRib, you might think twice about wolfing down the sauce-drenched pork concoction. Think you can stomach what's inside? Read on:
How many ingredients are there?
At face value, the sandwich contains just pork, onions, and pickle slices slathered in barbecue sauce and laid out on a bun. But the truth is, there are roughly 70 ingredients. The bun alone contains 34, says TIME's Melnick. In addition to chemicals like ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80, the most egregious may be azodicarbonamide — "a flour-bleaching agent most commonly used in the manufactur[ing] of foamed plastics like gym mats and the soles of shoes." According to McDonald's own ingredient list, the bun also includes calcium sulfate and ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, among other chemicals.
Ooof. What's the meat made of?
Pig innards and plenty of salt. Typically, "restructured meat product" includes pig bits like tripe, heart, and scalded stomach, says Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine, citing a 1995 article by Robert Mandigo, a professor at the University of Nebraska. These parts are cooked and blended with salt and water to extract salt-soluble proteins, which act as a "glue" that helps bind the reshaped meat together.
Is it really that bad for you?
Well, it's certainly not good for you. Though "slightly trimmer than the Big Mac," which contains 540 calories and 29 grams of fat, says Christina Rexrode at USA Today, the McRib, first introduced in 1982, still packs in 500 calories and 26 grams of fat. And despite its name, one thing you won't find inside a McRib is bones. The absence of any detectable "rib" is what gives the unnutritious mush its "quirky sense of humor," says Marta Fearon, McDonald's U.S. marketing director.
Sources: Chicago Magazine, McDonald's, TIME, USA Today
My husband always like this until he read what was in it. So glad I never ate this. They keep advertising this and how good it is, until this article came up online. I decided to check it out this story. Do you ever wonder what your favorite fast food is made of?
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Don't even want to read it....my DH told me there's some gross stuff in there - that's enough for me! Don't eat it anyway!
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Me neither have not had McDonalds in 1 year and don't plan on it anytime soon.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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Mcrib isn't much different than almost anything else you eat at fast food restaurants, or even many of the chain sit-down places. Their food is loaded with all kinds of garbage that doesn't have to be in it. I read somewhere that there is msg/modified food starch in almost everything on the Applebees menu, for instance. Why? The McDonalds Angus burger patty has all of kinds of stuff in it you'd never assume would be in a hamburger.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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I guess no one has seen this?

Chicken Nuggets Are Made From This Pink Goop
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I guess no one has seen this?

Chicken Nuggets Are Made From This Pink Goop
Uggghhh!! I buy the breaded chicken tenders from trader joes and I am almost 99% sure it's real white meat chicken. However for fast food chains I do not doubt they make it from that goop,
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Uggghhh!! I buy the breaded chicken tenders from trader joes and I am almost 99% sure it's real white meat chicken. However for fast food chains I do not doubt they make it from that goop,
welcome to mass food production.

on one hand, it is disgusting, but on the other, this kind of technology allows food to be much cheaper and accessible for many people.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:30 AM
 
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What's yer point...just makes the true believers want it even more. Adds danger to the mix.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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mc ribb yuck, if you eat it you get whats coming.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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look up the ingredients to anything on the menu at McDonalds or any other fast food joint, and it will be no different.
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