The McRib Is Made Of Pig Innards And Soles Of Shoes, Basically

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As any fast food connoisseur worth his weight knows, the McDonald’s McRib is back for a limited time (through November 14th!), but some people are set on taking the fun out of the 500-calorie marketing gimmick. While we all know the McRib doesn’t actually contain rib, do we really want to know what it does contain? Whether you like it or not, we’re about to find out.

Reportedly the sandwich’s ingredients include “a flour-bleaching agent used to make the soles of shoes… and foamed plastics like gym mats.” Hungry for more? Mixed in with all of those slivered onions, dill pickles and tangy barbecue sauce, there are roughly 70 other ingredients, with the bun alone containing 34, jam packed with chemicals that we can’t pronounce. And then there’s the “meat”…

The McRib, at its heart, is, well… heart. The slab of “restructured meat product” consists of salt (980 mg, more than half your recommended daily intake) and pig innards, like tripe, heart, and scalded stomach. And yet, its return continues to excite, every time:

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