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I Don’t Care! I Will Eat Me Some McRib’s

McDonald's Brings Back The McRib Sandwich
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Some will say I don’t know what’s in em and don’t care to know. What I do know is they taste good, It won’t kill me so I am eating me some. The McRib is back, but only for a limited time, which has many flocking to McDonald’s for their once a year sandwich. But what’s in the sandwich may have some thinking twice about eating it. Time magazine said some chemicals in the McRib are the same products found in items like yoga mats and shoe soles. The chemical — azodicarbonamide – is found in the bun of the McRib in small quantities. The chemical has been banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive and is a flour bleaching agent commonly used in foamed plastics. There are 70 ingredients that go into making the McRib, including azodicarbonamide as well as ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80. The bun alone has 34 ingredients. According to McDonald’s own ingredient list, the bun also includes calcium sulfate and ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, among other chemicals that no one can pronounce. As far as the meat – it is 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. 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. The McRib, first introduced in 1982, packs in 500 calories and 26 grams of fat. It’s makin me hungry.

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