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McDonald’s McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned Ingredients

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Tuesday 8 January 2013
Containing over 70 ingredients, the McRib is full of surprises - including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance.
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It’s ‘McRib season’, and thousands across the nation are scrambling to use online websites like the ‘McRib locator’ to stuff the McDonald’s McRib sandwich down their throats. A sandwich that is not only full of genetically modified ingredients, a medley of toxic fillers and preservatives, but also some ingredients that are actually banned in other nations around the world. But honestly, are you surprised?

The McRib is the result of intensive marketing by McDonald’s. Utilizing the basics of supply and demand through creating scarcity over the McRib by only unleashing the culinary abomination for a fraction of the year that is only known once it is released, McDonald’s fans have been known to ‘hoard’ McRib sandwiches and eat them in extreme excess. It’s even a topic of the popular documentary Super Size Me, where filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (who gorges himself with McDonald’s for 30 days only to find serious health consequences) encounters ‘McRib hunters’ who actually travel the country eating McRib sandwiches.

McDonald’s even made McRib fans sign a petition to ‘save the McRib’ online, bringing out a conglomerate of fans to bring back their favorite franken sandwich.

What’s Inside a McDonald’s McRib Sandwich?

But what’s really inside the McRib specifically that makes it such a food abomination? Containing over 70 ingredients, the McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance. Here’s some of the disturbing substances found within the McDonald’s McRib sandwich:

A flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats

Out of the 70 ingredients that make up the ‘pork’ sandwich, a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide lies among them. At first glance, this strange ingredient sounds concerning enough to look into. After a little research, you will find that even mainstream media outlets have generated content revealing how azodicarbonamide is actually used in the production of foamed plastics. Foamed plastics like yoga mats and more.

What’s more? In Australia and Europe, the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned. In Singapore specifically, use of this substance in food can result in a $450,000 fine and 15 years in jail. Thank you McDonald’s for supplying the nation with such healthful ingredients.

‘Restructured Meat’ from Pig Heart, Tongue, Stomach

McDonald’s McRib is famous in some circles for utilizing what’s known as ‘restructured meat’ technology. Since McDonald’s knows you’d never eat a pig heart, tongue, or stomach on your plate, they decided instead to grind up these ingredients and put them into the form of a typical rib. That way, consumers won’t know what they’re putting into their mouths. As the Chicago Mag reported, the innovator of this technology back in 1995 said it best:

“Most people would be extremely unhappy if they were served heart or tongue on a plate… but flaked into a restructured product it loses its identity.Such products as tripe, heart, and scalded stomachs…”

So in other words, it’s not actually a rib. Instead, it’s a combination of unwanted animal scraps processed down in major facilities and ‘restructured’ into the form of a rib. Then, 70 additives, chemicals, fillers, and GMO ingredients later, you have a ‘meat’ product that tastes like ribs.

For a visual representation with a full list, here’s an image summarizing what it calls the ‘McDiabetes McRib’ — complete with GMO indicators (click to enlarge):

mcribingredients McDonalds McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned Ingredients



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

If it's banned in 2nd and 3rd

If it's banned in 2nd and 3rd world countries, I think the FDA should take a very close look at these ingredients.

You speak of "pig heart,

You speak of "pig heart, tongue, and stomach" as if they're radioactive waste. They're just routine soul food, done up for stupidly squeamish white people. Next time you're in Paris, don't even think about the paté.

Yuck!

Yuck!

A little hyperbole, as usual.

A little hyperbole, as usual. Azodicarbonmide is used because under heat it decomposes into relatively inert gases like nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and ammonia gases. Bread is a foam, and the chemical is more uniform than yeast alone. It cannot be present in amounts over 45 ppm and in reality never approaches that in quantities used in food.

Oh, right. Nothing spices my

Oh, right. Nothing spices my digestive system up like carbon monoxide & ammonia...

Kevin, I know nothing of

Kevin, I know nothing of this substance and haven't been to a McDonald's in 10 years at least. You "sound" as if you have knowledge of Azodicarbonmide.
Which begs the question: Why is this substance "banned" in Europe and Australia, and can result in fines and imprisonment for its use in Singapore?
Your post gives every indication you "know" it to be benign. Evidently, a lot of people don't agree. Are you sure you're real name isn't Ronald?

Are you a consumer of this

Are you a consumer of this fine product?

Oh, so it's safe then. Where

Oh, so it's safe then. Where can I get some Azodicarbonmide for my bread machine? I need perfectly uniform loaves and, let's face it, yeast is a beast. It would be convenient if it came in 45 ppm packages but no bigger, mind you, that would be unsafe.

I feel so much better now

I feel so much better now eating this toxic blend - now that you have clarified for me. Of course I will NEVER eat this crap.....

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