This is interesting. Today, Gawker found a video wherein McDonald’s Canada’s executive chef answered a consumer’s question about what’s in the their Big Mac secret sauce. They also pulled up a recipe for the sauce, as well as the ingredient list for the secret sauces in both the US and Canada. Can you guess which country’s McDonald’s secret sauce is full of way more sugar and preservatives?
Of course, it had to be America, birthplace of repugnant toppings. Let’s compare.
Here’s what’s in McDonald’s secret sauce in Canada, which is basically glorified/adulterated Thousand Island:
Vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), relish (diced pickles, glucose-fructose, vinegar, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, natural flavour (vegetable source), mustard (water, vinegar, mustard seed, salt, sugar, colour (caramel), spices), water, frozen yolk, vinegar, onion powder, salt, spices, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, garlic powder, hydrolyzed plant protein (corn, soy, wheat gluten), colour (paprika), calcium disodium EDTA.
Ick, right? That’s a lot of preservatives, as well as the “caramel colour” that got Coca-Cola in trouble because it causes cancer. But wait, here’s America’s ingredients list:
Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor).
Blerg. Have you ever made relish with 11 ingredients, where three out of the top five were sugars? Yeah, me either.
What irritating is that McDonald’s Canada’s video makes it seem like the sauce is super-innocuous, made out of things you’d pull out of your own refrigerator–and maybe it is, if you use the worst kind of preservative-laden relish, mustard, and soy lechtin. But even just the tiniest bit of extra effort reveals that it’s not exactly has wholesome as the company would like you to think.
It’s cool that McDonald’s is being more transparent and actually putting this kind of information online–it definitely puts a lot of responsibility in the hands of consumers–but it seems like they’re doing it to mask the fact that their sauce still has 30 ingredients…which is nothing compared to their buns and burger patties.
Image via McDonald’s