The McRib is not the worst fast-food sandwich to eat. On the other hand, it is not so healthy either. However, I must say the McRib is strangely attractive. It actually has a following. There are stories describing how people have driven for hours to another McDonalds just to eat the McRib. And how do they know where to go? Well, the McRib has its own McRib locator site and Facebook pages.
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The Birth of the McRib
The McRib was invented due to the shortage of chickens. When the Chicken McNugget was invented in 1979, it was so popular it used up the industrial supply of chickens. So, Mcdonald’s needed to come up with another sandwich idea to preserve the supply of chickens. So, in 1981, the McRib was introduced. However, one solution leads to another problem. The McRib’s popularity helped save the chicken supply, but now they had to compete with pork prices. Pork fluctuates significantly in price. And, when a company starts to buy large amounts of meat, especially pork, the price goes up. Therefore, it is for this reason that the McRib is seasonal.
The McRib is usually offered only in the Fall because pork is usually cheapest between September to November.
The McRib is a pork sandwich patty served on a roll with barbecue sauce.
- Calories: 520
- Protein: 24g
- Fat: 22g
- Saturated fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 45g
- Fiber: 2g
- Sugar: 12g
- Sodium: 890mg
Firstly, the McRib has 890mg of sodium. That is way too much to consume in one sandwich. Secondly, it has 12g of sugar. Although 24g of sugar is the max daily allowance, consuming too much at one time is just as bad. And, the same goes for sodium. So, eating one McRib consumes your RDA for sugar and sodium at about 40%.
The McRib contains an ingredient called Azodicarbonamide. Azodicarbonamide is an ingredient used to make plastic products and soft foam objects like yoga mats and shoes.
The McRib also contains some fancy words like monoglycerides and diglycerides to distract you from the true meaning. They are also words that contain trans fats. You have to be careful of wording and terminology to prevent being fooled. Trans-fats significantly boost LDL’s, low-density lipoproteins, also known as bad cholesterol. They dramatically increase your risk of heart disease. The FDA approved mono and diglycerides to be added to commercial foods to thicken, lubricate, and enhance food flavor. They say it is not harmful at low levels. However, if one is consuming moderate amounts of mono and diglycerides, it will not be good for you.
What’s more, during the cooking process, monoglyceride and diglyceride can produce a small number of toxic substances like lead, ash, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury. So again, consuming too much of these glycerides will boost the toxins in your body.
Surprise Mystery Rib Meat
You would think rib meat is pork. Not bloody likely! What McDonald’s does is restructure their meat, which they do with all their meat products. So, who knows what meat the animal is from and what kind of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and genetic restructuring solutions are being used.
McDonald’s restructuring process for the McRib contains tripe which is the stomach of a cow and heart. They mix these two ingredients with salt and water. This process extracts the proteins. Once they have the proteins, they combine them with pork trimmings, not pork. The McRib uses pork trimmings. Pork trimmings are small pieces of pork attached to the fat cut off from the main parts of the pork. Also known as scraps. The pork trimmings provide the taste of pork mixed with the tripe and heart. Once they combine all the ingredients, and cook them all together. This allows them to shape the McRib into a patty.
Cruel Animal Conditions
Animal rights groups have shown videos in the past over the inhumane conditions of pigs and other animals conducted by Smithfield Foods, which is the supplier of McDonald’s McRib pork trimmings.
The McRib is legendary! Since it is seasonal eating, it is ok to eat a few times a year. It is not the worst thing for you, but it is not a staple to put into your diet. Hey, even Bruce Lee ate at McDonald’s once in a while, about two times in a year. However, if you have a disease or health issue, then think wisely before eating it. And, if you are itching for a McRib sandwich and can’t find it, or if it is outside the season, you can always go to McDonald’s in Germany. The McRib is a permanent fixture on their menu.