McRib McMania


By Derrick Lytle

The first time it hit McDonald’s in the 80’s it was a hit, then it disappeared, then reappeared. That same cycle has continued for the past 30 years with McDonald’s famous (or infamous) McRib.

Literally smothered and dripping in tasty barbecue sauce the sandwich has a cult of followers who crave the sandwich when it is taken off the menu only to return at sporadic times.

McDonald’s marketing is said to be a thing of genius. The ability to sell millions of sandwiches, french fries, and pies to  hungry customers all over the world is a billion dollar industry. Love it or hate it McDonald’s can be partially blamed for creating the fat, overweight american stereotype.

While the commercials may glamorize the McRib it is far from the happiness creating, pork sandwich enjoyed by people around the globe.

According to the McRib has 490 calories, 25 grams of fat and 75 mg of cholesterol. The nutritional content pales in comparison to the unique ingredients used to make the McRib.

Ingredients include ammonium sulfate, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, and azodicarbonamide (Which is banned as a food additive in Australia and Europe) among other ingredients.

Obviously Anderson Cooper isn’t a fan of eating meat parts pressed to appear as ribs but others are a little more optimistic.

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Still craving one? Check out the McRib Locator to find one near you.

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