Did you know that the McDonald’s McRib shares many of the same common ingredients as a yoga mat? According to Time, the McRib bun contains azodicarbonamide: a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes. Essentially, the McRib could double as a yoga mat. There’s more: azodicarbonamide is banned as a food additive in Europe and Australia, and is classified as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma.
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But the yoga mat connection is one mere component of the McRib cacophony: the sandwich contains roughly 70 ingredients. Let’s look at the pork patty; it’s actually characterized as a “restructured meat product.” This tends to be comprised of pig heart, scalded stomach and tripe. When cooked together with salt and water, proteins are extracted and act as a form of “glue” that helps keep the reshaped “rib” meat together.Even though the McRib contains no bones, the patty is molded to resemble a miniature rack of ribs.
So if chomping down on a gym mat filled with pig heart and tripe – held together with glue – is your thing, then put on your best country gear and head down to McDonald’s!