You are what you eat! So all you Mickey D McRib fans out there, we hope you’re fixin to be a yoga mat, cause you could turn into one! That’s not entirely true, but a recent article in TIME mag’s Healthand blog points out that the McRib isn’t good for you (shocker!), though it’s not just the oodles of saturated fat (10g) and sodium (whopping 980 mg), it’s other fun stuff like azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80.
These components are in small enough quantities to be innocuous. But it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, 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, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.
Mmmmm. So let’s get this straight, McDonald’s fries are to crack, as McRibs are to rubber shoe licking. We’ll keep our stickie mats underneath our body, not in it, thank you very much! Step. away. from. the golden arches.
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