The fact that most fast foods are not a smart, healthy diet choice is well documented by now. Still, it never ceases to amaze us here at Natural News just what kind of harmful garbage fast food companies put in some of their most popular items.
the McRib sandwich from McDonald's. Considering its ingredients, it's a
good thing that the fast food chain only offers it once in a while.
to the restaurant's website, here are just three of the 70 chemicals
and ingredients the sandwich contains: azodicarbonamide, ammonium
sulfate and polysorbate 80.
Chock full of...chemicals
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," Time magazine reported, noting
that the compound is banned in Europe and Australia as an additive to
foods (the U.S., meanwhile, limits it to 45 parts per million in
commercial flour products, according to an analysis of laboratory
In fact, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety
Executive has classified azodicarbonamide as a "respiratory sensitizer"
that can potentially contribute to asthma via exposure on the job.
the attention? Because the sandwich has developed a sort of cult-like
following since it was first introduced, writes Brad Tuttle at Time's Moneyland.
"Few fast food
menu items can say they have their own Facebook page. Then again, few
fast food items have experienced the roller coaster-like ups and downs
of the McRib," he writes. "First introduced in 1982, the sandwich first
disappeared in 1985, but then has periodically resurfaced in McDonald's
in the U.S. and abroad. The McRib's cult-like following has generated
not only Facebook pages, but McRib Locator websites and a Twitter
Perhaps if more Americans actually knew what was in
a McRib they would be far less eager to find one. Besides the presence
of a plethora of questionable ingredients, the sandwich itself is just
over the top in terms of sodium content (980 mg - more than half of the
daily recommended allowance) and saturated fat (10 g - not exactly
Even 'healthy' fast food...isn't
McRib revelations go hand in hand with earlier field research that has
found fast food wanting in terms of providing consumers with a healthy
choice - even when the same fast food restaurants are hawking supposedly
Again, consider McDonald's. New York Times food writer Mark Bittman wrote that the chain's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, which was introduced in early 2011, isn't even marginally better for you, in terms of caloric intake, saturated fats, etc., despite being sold as a "bowl full of wholesome."
oatmeal and McDonald's story broke late last year, when Mickey D's, in
its ongoing effort to tell us that it's offering "a selection of
balanced choices" ... began to sell the cereal. Yet in typical
McDonald's fashion, the company is doing everything it can to turn
oatmeal into yet another bad choice. ... A more accurate description
than "100 percent natural whole-grain oats," "plump raisins," "sweet
cranberries" and "crisp fresh apples" would be "oats, sugar, sweetened
dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your
Some people might even justify this by saying that
buying the McDonald's version of oatmeal is at least much more
convenient than making it at home, but many of those people likely have
never made oatmeal at home. Besides, what about the waiting in line and the additional cost?
Other so-called "healthy foods" that are being misrepresented by fast-food chains include:
McDonald's Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken (220 cal., 6 g of
fat and 5 g of sugar per serving - without the dressing).
Jamba Juice's Mango Mantra Light Smoothie (Mango-a-go-go contains 85g of
sugar - far above the daily limit of 34g of added sugar for women and
36g for men that is recommended by the American Heart Association).
Subway's Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich (contains 760 cal. and
2,020 mg of sodium - that's 520 mg more salt than the USDA recommends
that children, those with high blood pressure, the elderly and African
Americans should consume in an entire day; it also contains 34 grams of
sugar, all you should reasonably have in a single day).