Is the McRib Real Meat? Uncovering the Truth Behind McDonald's Iconic Sandwich

The McRib sandwich is an iconic menu item at McDonald's, but what exactly is it made of? The sandwich consists of a restructured boneless pork burger shaped like miniature ribs, barbecue sauce, onions and pickles, served on a 5 ½ inch (14 cm) roll. McDonald's claims that the sandwich consists mainly of shoulder meat, but Chicago Magazine published a story that the ingredients actually consist of restructured meat products such as heart, calluses and scalded stomach. So what is the truth behind the McRib?The process begins with visual inspection of the meat before it goes through the grinder and takes the shape of a rib rack. The hamburger, which contains pork, water, salt, dextrose and preservatives, is sprayed with water to prevent dehydration during the freezing process.

According to a Maxim dispatch, there is very little real rib meat in a McRib. Mostly, it's shoulder meat, Rob Cannell, director of McDonald's US Supply chain, explained to the magazine. However, a University of Nebraska study revealed that you're actually eating restructured pork viscera covered in salt, specifically calluses, scalded heart and stomachs. Animal rights groups have sued Smithfield Foods, the meat supplier for McDonald's McRib, for inhumane treatment of pigs after undercover video showed horrific scenes of abuse. Last November, the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit against Smithfield Foods alleging that the meat distributor houses its pigs in unethical farm conditions. McDonald's nutritional data reveals that McRib is a problem even before you discover what it contains.

According to Kevin Nanke in his video on the topic, McDonald's McRib burgers contain boneless pork picnic meat. An elegant, spicy barbecue sauce is paired with shredded onions and pickles to make the McRib, but it's topped with seasoned pork dipped in the same spicy barbecue sauce. So why is it so popular? McDonald's representative told the Huffington Post that one of the reasons customers love the McRib is its fun and wonderful shape. It's also random because individual restaurants can offer the McRib whenever they feel like it. Now that you know what goes into making a McRib sandwich, you can decide for yourself if it's worth eating or not. It's only useful to know exactly what you're consuming.

Is anyone still hungry or have I taken away your appetite?.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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