What’s McRib McMade Of?

Every once in a while McDonald’s rolls out the good ‘old McRib, run a billion commercials and fans of the sandwich go nuts.

While I am sure that you could do this same study on just about any fast food product, some of the stuff that makes up a McRib is just downright disturbing.


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TIME has done a story that breaks down the ingredients, which is about 70.  Some have crazy scientific names that sound wholly inedible like, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80.  The one that is catching everyone’s eye is, azodicarbonamide — “a flour-bleaching agent most commonly used in the manufactur[ing] of foamed plastics like gym mats the and soles of shoes” according to the TIME article.


The actual meat part of the sandwich is the delectably named, “restructured meat product”, which is different parts of the pig – tripe, heart and stomach.

If a McRib is made out of that stuff, one can only imagine the stuff that goes into a Taco Bell Supreme Chapula XL.

thanks @U2gator for the request

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