The McRib should really be called the McFib. It’s a lie letting anyone think that the barbecue “pork” sandwich is really ribs when it’s nothing more than pig intestines, hearts and scalded stomachs (we’ve shown you before how disgusting the so-called meat really is), and now we’ve found out it’s even worse. Some of the ingredients are the same chemicals found in–yikes!–yoga mats and the soles of your shoes.
That’s right. The McRib includes azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80—just three of the 70 ingredients that go into the BBQ sandwich, according to the restaurant’s website. And while these components are in small enough quantities to be innocuous, it’s unnerving to know that azodicarbonamide, for example, is a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used to make foamed plastics like yoga mats and the soles of shoes. What’s more disconcerting is the fact that this compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive because they’ve classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma. The U.S., however, limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products. How generous of us.
So, to all the diehard McRib fans out there, we want to know: Are you still lovin’ it?