I don’t watch much television, so I wasn’t aware of this until yesterday, but apparently McDonald’s has just re-released the McRib for a limited time, at least here in the US. People with no self-control everywhere are running to their nearest Micky Dees or Maccers to get their fix. What exactly are they getting, you ask? Well, that’s a difficult question to answer.
According to this article in Time Magazine, they’re getting a factory-produced meat-like patty in a semi-food-like bun that has 70 ingredients! How the hell are there 70 ingredients in a sandwich? It’s mind-blowing to me. Even worse than that is that one of the ingredients, azodicarbonamide, is a food-additive that is actually banned in Europe and Australia! If this sounds like an industrial chemical you’d expect to find in a car or sneaker factory, well, you’re right. According to the article, this ingredient is “a flour bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes.”
So what the hell is this mystery ingredient doing in a sandwich? It’s really quite sad. This is not real food. This is cheaply manufactured food product that is intended to sell to the masses. It’s disgusting. It’s wrong. But the disturbing problem is that it’s not abnormal in the world of fast and processed food.
So do yourself a favor and please don’t eat at McDonald’s or any of the other fast-food behemoths that will certainly pollute your body and potentially make you ill. When someone serves you food, they should not have to ask if you want azodicarbonamide with that.
Pass this along to your friends and family who think that there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little McRib now and then. I hope this post somehow makes you a healthier person and improves the quality of your life just a little bit…
Also, because I don’t believe in pointing out a problem without offering a solution, stay tuned for my next post about choosing healthy food.