The 70 Ingredient Cancer Promoting McRib Sandwich: It’s Not Real Food


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McDonald’s is the king of marketing; there seems to be a cult-like following surrounding their “McRib” sandwich. Originally introduced in 1981, McDonald’s made the sandwich a ‘special’ selection menu item  available in certain regions at different times. It has come and gone throughout the years, now making a triumphant return at the end of 2013.

The McRib is back at McDonald's; this franken-creation is in all ways a recipe for cancer

The McRib is back at McDonald’s; this franken-creation is in all ways a recipe for cancer

Disturbing is the only word to use to describe such a monstrosity, as the “McRib” contains over 70 ingredients for an item that is supposedly compiled from a bun, a barbecue patty, pickles, and onions. In fact the McDonald’s official website is daring enough to list all of the ingredients contained within the franken-creation.

The “Meat”

*Taken from the McDonald’s website

MCRIB PORK PATTY

Ingredients: Pork, Water, Salt, Dextrose, Preservatives (BHA, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid).

The ‘pork’ is restructured meat, meaning that there is no real quality meat involved. Instead they use the disposable innards of the pig such as tripe, heart, and scalded stomach which are then turned over to a process which cooks all of the pig scraps in water and salt. This process extracts all of the salt-soluble proteins and congeals everything together into a rubbery concoction respectfully titled as a “pork patty”. (1)

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Notice the ingredients propyl gallate and BHA. This preservative is one to look out for, as it can cause promoted urinary bladder and thyroid carcinogenesis. Studies have noted that BHA and propyl gallate showed additional effects in inducing stomach hyperplasia and cytotoxicity. (2)

But we already knew McDonald’s meat was ‘sub-par’. Let’s move onto the bun.

The McRib Bun

MCRIB BUN

Allergens: WHEAT AND SOY

Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Yeast, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% Or Less: Salt, Corn Meal, Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oils, Dextrose, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Cultured Wheat Flour, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Soy Flour, Dough Conditioners (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono- and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Soy Lecithin.

CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY

That’s almost 40 ingredients for the bun alone. Interesting that high-fructose corn syrup is the fourth ingredient considering it is known to cause pancreatic cancer. (3) If the hydrogenated oils alone don’t ring your alarm, then perhaps the ammonium and calcium sulfate will, seeing how their common usage is as a soil fertilizer. That’s nothing to worry about however, considering the FDA  approved it as a safe food additive. Azodicarbonamide takes the cake for unnecessary ingredients, acting as a ‘dough conditioner’.  Azodicarbonamide is used in the manufacture of foamed-plastics in the US and is banned in Europe and Australia. (4) The use of this chemical in Singapore actually results in jail time.

The McRib Sauce

MCRIB SAUCE

Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Natural Smoke Flavor (Plant Source), Modified Food Starch, Salt, Sugar, Spices, Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Caramel Color, Beet Powder.

Here we see high fructose corn syrup again as a main ingredient.

PICKLE SLICES

Ingredients: Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Alum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors (Plant Source), Polysorbate 80, Extractives of Turmeric (Color).

Even the pickles are carcinogenic. Potassium sorbate is a genotoxic and mutagenic compound. (5)

Surely a ‘ribless’ rib patty would raise questions for anyone as to how such a thing could even exist. Marta Fearon, Marketing Director for McDonald’s, says the lack of actual “ribs” is what gives the item its “quirky sense of humour”, an interesting spin from a marketing director.

If this information was common knowledge, would people still be eating these things? The good news is that fast food nutrition awareness is spreading like wild-fire. McDonald’s was shut down and banned in Bolivia, Bermuda, and Iceland in the past decade. Stories such as the Strange Fibers Found in Chicken McNuggets and the McRib Breakdown are making headlines as people are beginning to make more conscious decisions with regards to the food they are choosing to put in their bodies. Perhaps the day of worldwide McDonald’s prohibition is just around the corner. Let us at least hope.

References:

1.)    http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/coopext_swine/174/ (restructured meat info)

2.)    http://www.braypets.com/FRR/radian12.htm (Propyl gallate information)

3.)    http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?edition=1&section=3&article=368 (high fructose corn syrup information)

4.)    http://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglais/detart1.jsp?codlan=1&codcol=38&codcch=16 (azodicarbonamide information)

5.)    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-potassium-sorbate-bad-for-you/ (potassium sorbate information)

6.)    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/08/08/countries-without-mcdonald/

7.)    http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.sandwiches.292.mcrib-.html


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  1. Alexander

    wow, you did a lot of research

  2. Dudley Horton

    Have you ever eaten balogna or a hot dog? This is not a new type of food and not just a McDonald’s invention. Seems the author has a bias against McDonald’s. Also, if these ingredients are so bad for us, his crusade should be with the FDA, shouldn’t it?

    • Zolly Simon

      Dudley Horton, how long have you worked for McDonald’s?

      You sound like a paid McDonald’s troll, that seeks out “true” information about the toxic ingredients used in …dare I call it “food” that McDonald’s produce. You continue on and make lame attempts at diverting attention from the fact they aren’t the only company that produce toxic waste and feed it to people, albeit low IQ people. Two wrongs DON’T make a right.

      You go as far as suggest the FDA should regulate such “foods”, not the corporations that produce them. What about corporate conscience? What about developing their own set of moral$? ..or I$ it ju$t about corporate profit$?

      I have no less that 7 warning labels on my new 6 foot tall aluminum step ladder, informing me of 7 different dangers involved with using said ladder.

      If McDonald’s were to use the same type of public safety warning label system, it would have somewhere around 30 such warning labels on a McRib sandwich alone. Another 4 or 5 on French Fries and another 3 or 4 on a soft drink. In all honesty it should have a “Biological Hazard” or “Toxic Waste” warning label on it. Yet, not one warning label.

      The cost of healthcare to deal with diseases caused by long term, and not so long term consumption of this toxic waste is astronomic. Soon, Diabetes will absorb 50% of Canada’s annual healthcare budget. Diabetes is only one such side effect of consuming such toxic foods, there are many many more.

      I can’t carry an AR-15, nor a handgun in Canada, because it is deemed to be a deadly weapon, however more people die from eating this toxic food a year than from guns.

      • tom

        Zolly: Your diatribe is a meandering load of data-free swill.

        When you come across a claim that you disagree with, the rational approach is to providing arguments and evidence against it. People who do not have any tend to resort to a number of logical fallacies, cognitive simplifications or thought-terminating clichés. One such key example is the dismissal of any evidence or arguments by deploying the shill gambit. This conveniently allows the reduction of cognitive dissonance without having to address any of the actual arguments.

        Another related technique to group critics and activists together with large corporations uses the false dilemma fallacy: either you are with us, or you are against us; either you accept the rhetoric, or you are part of the problem.
        Reply

        Ladder vs food labels is an other logical fallacy. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, sandwiches are not ladders.

        Finally, you construct a strawman that has us eating whatever you despise 3x day. Moderation in all things my friend.

        • E3

          I realize these comments are dead by now, but your post was so obviously copied and pasted I couldn’t ignore it. It took me literally fifteen seconds to realize it, google your response, and come up with this: http://debunkingdenialism.com/2013/08/25/decimating-the-flawed-beliefs-of-anti-gmo-activists/

          “The intellectual dishonesty of the shill gambit

          When you come across a claim that you disagree with, the rational approach is to providing arguments and evidence against it. People who do not have any tend to resort to a number of logical fallacies, cognitive simplifications or thought-terminating clichés. One such key example is the dismissal of any evidence or arguments in favor of genetically modified foods by deploying the shill gambit. In the context of Scientific American and genetically modified foods, this amounts to the bare assertion that some large corporation that deals with GM crops, seeds or foods (often Monsanto) must have paid them off to publish that article. This conveniently allows the reduction of cognitive dissonance without having to address any of the actual arguments.

          Another related technique to group critics of anti-GMO activists together with large corporations uses the false dilemma fallacy: either you are with us, or you are against us; either you accept the anti-GMO rhetoric, or you are part of the problem.”

          Well then… That seems awfully shilly to me, Tom.
          Y’know, aside from the fact that in criticizing Zolly for not having any arguments or evidence, and asserting (fallaciously, I might add) that the food vs. tool analogy is a “strawman”, you failed to bring any evidence of your own and couldn’t even bother to form your own sentences or opinion.

          Shill harder.

          • Mary

            Bravo, E3

  3. jeremy

    Harsh reality of it is….majority of people will read this article, and an hour later go buy it. Truth of it all is that we all have a choice…choose to not eat mcdonalds. Undeniably though people still will and because of our societies ignorance as a whole as long as their is a market and buck to be made…..well the “mcrib” will continue to saturate our culture and pave the way for early deaths. Educate yourselves! Much love out there to everyone

  4. WHO REALLY BENEFITS?

    it is amazing how emotionally attached people get to food–especially addictive fast food. many of the responses here are like this: psychologically defensive ego defense mechanisms.

    yes, fast food “tastes good”; and, yes…it is your choice to eat it or not.

    but food isn’t about just “tasting good”. that isn’t rational.

    if you read this article, and continue to eat/defend fast food, you should seriously ask yourself:

    WHY ARE YOU PAYING MONEY TO POISON YOURSELF?

    • Kevin

      Probably the same reason why you pay for alchohol or cigarettes but then again car emissions, fumes from industrial plants are poisoning you for free. So whats your point?

  5. So instead of going to McDonald’s to get your McRib you go to the grocery store and buy everything you need to make it yourself. The ingredients – Exactly the same. So what is your point? The Evil Deadly Cancer Causing Ingredients you listed can be found daily right in your own kitchen where you put them after buying them in the grocery store. You don’t like fast food; don’t eat it. Leave us who do alone.

    • “The Evil Deadly Cancer Causing Ingredients you listed can be found daily right in your own kitchen where you put them after buying them in the grocery store.” That’s another good point Outlaw! So… it’s not just fast food, it’s crap food! The billions spent on encouraging people to eat crap is working, in spite of the health consequences. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know

    • japanangka

      Great that you can make the decision with informed alacrity. And, of course, the choice to read a posting or not is a freedom. I, for one, am pleased that this information is made available to me so I can make and informed choice.

      • tom

        a·lac·ri·ty
        əˈlakritē/
        noun
        noun: alacrity

        brisk and cheerful readiness.
        “she accepted the invitation with alacrity”
        synonyms: eagerness, willingness, readiness; More

  6. T-Bag

    “If this information was common knowledge, would people still be eating these things?” Yes. People eat tasty stuff. We don’t care if we die earlier as long as we are happy. The world is overpopulated as it is.

    • HappyHealthyLife

      This mentality is precisely the reason why most of Americans are fat, sick, and nearly dead. But passing this mentality on to your children is child abuse. Live a life of prescription medication and ailments if that so pleases you (giving all of your hard earned money to the pharmaceutical companies

  7. jenn

    I would say it goes like this.one buys fast,prossesed food,works, spends alot on health insurance, still has to pay part of the bill for treatment of cancer or the illness that could have probably been avoided it one ate healthy

  8. “The ‘pork’ is restructured meat, meaning that there is no real quality meat involved. Instead they use the disposable innards of the pig such as tripe, heart, and scalded stomach which are then turned over to a process which cooks all of the pig scraps in water and salt.”

    False. According to the EU guidelines for labeling meat, if “pork” is listed as an ingredient, then this must refer to skeletal muscle tissue (eg “meat” -not innards, tripe, heart, stomach etc) only. Any other organs (such as those this article listed) must be declared separately.

    • Al George

      But this is the USA EU doesn’t apply. America eats crap

      • chad

        But but but I like crap! God! McDonald’s sucks always has.

  9. Jon

    As for the argument that a pb & j sandwich made at home also has many (30+) ingredients, that’s only true if you’re using slop similar to what the article is about. My pb & j has 12, that’s all. Almost all peanut butter on store shelves has quite a lot of ingredients, mine has two. Organic roasted peanuts and less than one percent salt. Why eat unnecessary chemicals and materials, some highly questionable and some proven harmful or unhealthy, if you don’t have to? Many are oblivious to what they are consuming because of deceptive practices and marketing. The comparison of a McRib being no worse than a homemade pb & j doesn’t vindicate the McRib, it points out that much of our non-fast food is hardly and sometimes no better than fast food. If one largely avoids processed, refined, and non-organic foods, then a little indulgence in this slop now and then might not do much damage. Constantly consuming these unnecessary chemicals and materials, in most food products from fast food to grocery shelves, feeds a predatory system that highly degrades the quality of life for most for the greed of a few. Your choices, your purchases, are votes. Supply and demand. Reject the slop and better choices will replace it. A tasty McRib without these questionable ingredients is absolutely possible.

  10. like it matters when most people eat all of those same ingredients at home….in your bread, bbq sauce, and pickles!!! the meat isn’t any worse than a hotdog or bologna……same concept of meat there, but people feed that to their kids everyday in America

    • Bruisers

      Easy answer to this – READ THE LABELS. Most people don/t, unfortunately.

      • clitcomander

        OUR/YOUR GOVERNMENT WONT LIST HALF THE SHIT ON LABELS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF NAMES FOR THE SAME INGREDIENT JUST TO CONFUSE YOU! THE FDA HAS ONLY THE MONEY THEY MAKE IN MIND WHEN THEY MAKE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO SUPPOSEDLY HELP KEEP YOU SAFE. YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE THEIR LAST PRIORITY!
        FUCK THE FDA AND FUCK USDA ORGANICS. THEY LIE AND CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF ORGANIC AND ADD ANTIBIOTICS TO THEIR FOODS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE LABELED ORGANIC!!

        • Mo

          You know, those who want to read your comment, will and those who don’t, won’t. All capitals only deters the people interested in the topic (like me) from reading your comment.

          For the record, I agree with what you’re saying. Peace.

    • rick richards

      That may have some truth, but shouldn’t people try to become more intelligent? Just because stupid behaviors have been engaged in in the past surely doesn’t make them an intelligent choice today. Why not try to do better every day, especially when your health and the health of your children are involved?

      • tom

        Rick said: “That may have some truth, but shouldn’t people try to become more intelligent? Just because stupid behaviors have been engaged in in the past surely doesn’t make them an intelligent choice today. Why not try to do better every day, especially when your health and the health of your children are involved?”

        I say: Your use of ‘Intelligent’ is a poor choice of words, because it is an ability to learn, not what you have learned, or behavior. Perhaps you meant ‘ignorant’, a state of unknowing?

        But perhaps neither applies and we should just follow what you believe to be true: In this case there is no evidence that the ingredients are bad, so you are using innuendo and opinion posited here, not fact, to support your belief.

    • Martin

      As an occasional treat its okay but if its a part of your regular diet…uh oh…

      • Heather Menke

        A treat?? Bleh!!!!!

    • and THAT is why people are getting fatter and sicker every year.

  11. stegs

    All Corporate greed in action here. Get the Kiddies hooked on this “food” with the Happy meal because in this busy world we don’t have time to feed them correctly. Then the Doctors all get their share down the road by feeding us the medications that fill their Free sample Cabinets from Phizer and Bristol Meyers and the thousands of other so called Pharmaceutical companies who by having those same doctors in their pockets can now throw the average tax paying law abiding citizen and their kin into bankruptcy. Only the fact that the insurance companies and hospitals are now in cahoots through lobbyist. What we have here is a non stop money machine lining the pockets of the one percent. The Hippocratic oath taken by all physicians is nothing more than a formality. Soon the system will control most of them also . Big Brother is watching.

    • Mai Dog Chung

      Remember USA: all the corporations, the government, and most of your citizens HATE you. They want you sick and fat and use their greedy services.

  12. George

    I love how everyone is so disillusioned and cannot accept the fact that they eat bad food
    so instead of using their brain they say the sources or fake
    or that the article lies
    GJ GUYS

  13. hunter holt

    HAHA i haven’t had one of those in for……………ever!
    I didn’t even know it was back.
    But anyways… honestly it doesn’t really matter what’s on the inside of the sandwich, it’s the outside that counts (marketing, availability, cost).
    Plus, it tastes soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I bet the author hasn’t had one.

    • You could pick up a pebble that is more widely available and costs nothing, so by your standards just go and eat dirt. There will at least be some mineral content in that.

  14. Chas

    If you need sources to tell you that McDonald’s food isn’t healthy you have problems.

    • sdkfhksdh@sdhfksdh.com

      The source is for proof of where the information came from.

  15. Tom

    It doesnt matter, sources or not, look at the ingredients. They are all fake, the food is fake, all empty calories. Plus it tastes awful.

  16. Kristie

    I think it’s safe to say that most fast food is detrimental to our wellbeing, and most people don’t eat the McRib because they think it’s healthy.

  17. Looking at the citations for this, not a single one is from a peer-reviewed journal. Heck, the first “study” is taken from “http://www.braypets.com” which looks like a crazy-cat-lady’s personal webpage from the 90’s (and, no natural medicine journal does not count as a well-respected peer-reviewed journal).

    • Trevor – I’d agree that the citations here are a little lazy – there are better sources available – but then so, I suggest, is your comment. Saying that not a single one is from a peer-reviewed journal simply isn’t true when the natural medicine journal is precisely that – I don’t think the fact that you, personally, don’t respect it makes it invalid. And the crazy-cat-lady thing is a very cheap shot. That doesn’t claim to be a study, it’s just a copy of the toxicology information for a chemical that this pet food distributor thinks has no place in pet food, let alone human food.

      I wonder if you are able to post links here to well respected, independent, peer reviewed, studies showing that high fructose corn syrup and propyl gallate are, in fact, good for us to eat. Well respected and independent would, of course, require that the studies were commissioned by someone who had no financial interest in the outcome.

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