If you are one of the Americans who gets excited each year when McDonald’s brings back the McRib for the ‘last’ time, you may want to sit down before reading this.
Time reports that the frequent ‘for a limited time only’ McMenu item has seventy ingredients total and thirty-four in the bun alone. Among them? The ever yummy “azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80”!
Fun fact about azodicarbonamide: it’s a flour bleaching agent that is commonly used in manufacturing foamed plastic (think sneaker soles and gym mats). It’s banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive and England classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that may cause asthma in persons exposed to it in the workplace. Even though the US only allows small amounts in food, the idea that a sneaker sole agent that can make people sick is a must-use ingredient for a sandwich bun (in a restaurant that sells buns without said additive 365 days a year) is just really troubling.
Time also reminds us that the McRib has 980 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of saturated fat. So if you insist upon indulging in the salty, saturated, sneaker sole sandwich…try to just have one each time it comes around.