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Shocking 47 Ingredients in a McRib

Shocking 47 Ingredients in a McRib

People around the internet are comparing a photo of a frozen McDonald’s McRib patty to housing insulation.  The photo, shown below, was allegedly taken by a McDonald’s employee somewhere in Quebec, Canada, although this isn’t confirmed.

Frozen McRib Looks Like Industrial Housing Insulation

Photo source:  The Inquisitr

After checking the composition of the McRib as listed on McDonald’s own website, some of the different ingredients sound like something that might be more suitable for insulating houses than for food.

Under McDonald’s “Transparency Campaign” they’ve listed the ingredients of their products on their website.  At first glance, the McRib looks like it is comprised only of a “homestyle bun, McRib patty, McRib sauce, pickle slices, and slivered onions.”  That doesn’t sound so bad. But here are the combined 47 ingredients (after accounting for duplication between items) you’ll find in every McRib:

Homestyle bun: enriched wheat flour, water, glucose/fructose, yeast, salt, vegetable oil (canola oil), calcium sulphate, calcium propionate, corn flour, sorbic acid, vegetable mono and diglycerides and/or sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium dioxide, dicalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, diammonium phosphate. Canola oil is almost entirely genetically-modified.

McRib patty: pork, water, salt, dextrose, spices (salt, dextrose, natural flavor, silicon dioxide). Dextrose is a form of sugar.  “Spices” can actually mean any number of ingredients, including herbs, but it can also include monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is commonly found in most fast, processed, and even restaurant foods. Monosodium glutamate is frequently used in laboratories to create obese animals for testing. Here’s an example of this practice. And another. Silicon dioxide is used in the construction industry in the manufacture of cement. So maybe we should be comparing frozen McRibs to cement, rather than insulation?

McRib sauce: water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor, modified food starch, salt, spices, sugar, soybean oil, xanthan gum, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, sodium benzoate, caramel color, dehydrated beets, corn oil. High fructose corn syrup, which is almost always derived from genetically-modified corn and has been linked to obesity.  For more information on the obesity link, refer to 60 Seconds to Slim. Sodium benzoate is known to form benzene in the body in the presence of vitamin C. Benzene has been linked to leukemia.

Pickle Slices: cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, potassium aluminum sulphate, natural flavors, polysorbate 80, extractives of turmeric. Potassium sorbate has been shown in human studies to be both genotoxic and mutagenic. That means it damages the genetic material and can cause mutations linked to disease. Polysorbate 80 is a suspected carcinogen.

Slivered Onions: onions. Finally, an ingredient that sounds like it belongs on a rib sandwich.

Other than the onions and cucumbers, it might be better to keep McRib out of your body and home.  I’m still NOT Lovin’ It!

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2:33PM PDT on Aug 28, 2015

Yiac, I've never had one and never will

3:40PM PDT on Aug 22, 2015


4:24AM PDT on Aug 22, 2015

Check and eat well

6:37PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

am I the only one who is surprised that there are ONLY 47 ingredients? Counting the pickles, bun and sauce seems kind of silly, given that the bread and sauce are not much different to any other bun and sauce served elsewhere. I thought the patty would have more crap in it. Hey, at least 'pork' is the first ingredient (somehow I REALLY doubt that is proper pork meat).

Well, I hope more of all you out there see this as another good reason to stop eating at McDonald's. Never underestimate the power of your dollars...

11:31AM PST on Jan 17, 2014


7:00AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Just go vegan.

10:18PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Never have...Never will. Thanks for Sharing.

1:37AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I don't eat nothing on the bone uggh

8:21PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

I don't plan to eat a McRibb---Ever!

12:09PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Thank you.
I will never ever visit McDonald again in my life.

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