Bad News, McRib Lovers. Turns Out It Isn’t Heart Smart (Surprise!)
As delicious as they are, before you rush out to grab a limited-time McRib, take a second to consider what you’re putting into your body.
Yes, we know that when the munchies strike, there’s nothing better than a big burger. But, we’re also pretty well aware that fast food, in general, is not the smartest meal option when it comes to protecting our health. These types of meals are full of fat, sugar, and preservatives, things our bodies have to work extra hard to break down. More often than not, these foods don’t even provide the nutritional value we need to satisfy hunger and we find our stomach growling again in just an hour or so. The infamous McDonald’s McRib might be one of the worst offenders out there when it comes to damaging our bodies. Not only is it bad in the short, it can cause lasting effects that can damage the heart.
Why the McRib is so bad
The chemicals used to process the timeless classic, McRib, are nothing any human should ever be consuming. The bun alone contains 34 ingredients and more than 70 in the entire, tiny sandwich! What bread have you ever made that has 34 ingredients?
The reason they need so many extra components to construct this “food” is to extend the shelf life and cut out more expensive, safe, natural ingredients.
Instead of using a traditional baking method, McDonald’s uses things like azodicarbonamide. This hard-to-pronounce flour-bleaching agent is most commonly used to manufacture foam plastic, like that found in yoga mats and the soles of shoes.
While the chemical is only used in trace amounts, image those people who eat McDonald’s three times a day, or who over indulge specifically when the McRib is around for a limited time. They’re literally eating plastic.
Azodicarbonamide is banned in food production in countries like Europe and Australia because of the dangers it presents. It has the potential to alter the respiratory system and contributes to asthma.
As if the chemical components found in the McRib aren’t bad enough, there is little to no nutritional value. One sandwich contains 980 milligrams of sodium, more than half the recommended daily amount, and 10 grams of saturated fat. Saturated fat is what clogs arteries and, over time with continued consumption, causes heart problems.
The McRib also contains 44 grams of carbohydrates, 500 calories, 11 grams of sugar, 26 total grams of fat and 70 milligrams of cholesterol. Eating just one sandwich accounts for more than one-quarter to one-half of the daily allotment of most people’s diets.
If you’ve ever wondered why the McRib is so popular, it’s not hard to figure out. Despite being absolutely terrible for your body, the sporadic availability keeps consumers coming back for more. The item is only ever released a few times a year for a limited time in select locations.
Die-hard fans of the McRib will travel a significant distance just to get their hands around those chemical-laden buns. There are even websites that help customers track when and where the sandwich will next appear.
When asked why the popular item isn’t available year round, McDonald’s admits that it was created just to draw in the irregular customers, those who would otherwise abstain from eating their food.
The limited availability draws in an entirely new crowd. McDonald’s goal is to turn some of these once-in-awhile consumers into fast-food fans, who keep coming back even when the McRib is unavailable.