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McDonald’s recently announced the return of the McRib sandwich for a limited time (through November 14th) and we think its frightening list of ingredients and nutritional information deserved a closer look before we could dismiss it.
According to an article on Time.com, the 500-calorie “Pork” sandwich includes roughly 70 ingredients. The bun alone contains 34, including chemicals like ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80, calcium sulfate and ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides. In addition, it includes pig innards, like tripe, heart, and scalded stomach. However, that’s not the worst of it! The scariest ingredient is azodicarbonamide — “a flour-bleaching agent most commonly used in the manufactur[ing] of foamed plastics like gym mats the and soles of shoes.” Yes, you read that correctly — chemicals found in gym mats and soles of shoes!
If that didn’t send you running to the nearest salad bar, here’s the nutritional information: 980 mg of sodium (more than half your recommended daily intake) and 10 g of saturated fat.
Now, that’s one cruel and scary sandwich!