Posts Tagged ‘McDonalds’

McDonald’s McRib Pop Quiz

November 5, 2011

Pop Quiz: What does a McDonald’s McRib sandwich have in common with your fitness routine?
Answer: Both contain a chemical used to make yoga mats and the soles of running shoes.

The McRib sandwich, made of pig intestines, hearts and scalded stomachs ( yes really!) formed to look like pork ribs, sits on a chemical laden bun.

The simple sandwich has 70 ingredients, according to the company’s website, including a flour bleaching agent that is commonly used to make foamed plastic!

The compound, azodicarbonamide is banned in Europe and Australia, but is approved in trace amounts in the U.S. and is classified as a respiratory sensitizer that potentially contributes to asthma.

Personally, they lost me somewhere around the pig stomachs, but it is truly frightening that it takes 70 mostly unpronouncable ingredients to create a sandwich.

So the real question of the day goes out to all the Mc Rib fans: Now that you know what’s in it, are you still “lovin‘ it”?

Happy Meals “Healthy” Upgrade

July 28, 2011

McDonalds is rolling out supposedly healthy changes to its kid’s Happy Meals. In addition to reducing the portion size of the fries and soda, they are adding fruit, sans the caramel (high fructose corn syrup) dipping sauce along with the requisite plastic toy. A step in the right direction perhaps, but a very small one at that. I think comedian Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21)  summed it up best on Twitter, when he said: “..the nutritional term for the new fruit in Happy Meals is “virgin in a whorehouse“. Do we really believe that adding a couple of apple slices to a meal that is high in fat and calories and low in nutritional value makes it healthy?

photo + analysis via The New York Times

McLobster Roll?

March 7, 2011

The internet is abuzz with the latest McDonalds disaster, the McLobster Roll!

Actually, the sandwich was launched several years ago, and is only available in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, where it is called the McHomard.

Rumored to contain “lobster flavored pollack”, mayonaise and celery, and served on a hotdog bun, the sandwich comes with fries and a soft drink.

I don’t know about you, but if I am every craving a lobster roll, McDonalds would be the last place I would go!

Sow Your Oats

February 27, 2011


Mc Donalds recently added oatmeal to their fast food breakfast line-up. So why does this “bowl of wholesome” as their marketing refers to it, contain 22 ingredients?

I just checked my box of the Quakers Old Fashioned Oats, and it contains just one;

“100% natural whole grain Quaker quality rolled oats.”

To prepare it, you need to add water, and cook it for about 5 minutes.  Easy, right?

So how did McDonalds take one of the simplest and healthiest foods and make it so complicated, and nutritionally deficient?

In making it more compatible with the average American taste palette, they have added cream, sweetened dried fruit and brown sugar, and a variety of unpronounceable ingredients that preserve, color and flavor the cereal.

There are also 32 grams of sugar, 6 grams of fat, 160 grams of sodium and almost 300 calories per serving.

Conversely, a Snicker’s bar has only 19 ingredients, 30 grams of sugar, and 280 calories. While hardly a sound breakfast choice, by comparison it’s not an unreasonable one.

The entire 42 oz. tub of Quaker oats contains about 30 servings and cost $5.89, at an overpriced New York City grocery store. Do the math, and it equates to less than 20 cents per bowl.

The McDonalds version costs $2.38 per serving, and I would gather that it takes at least 5 minutes to wait in line, order, and pay for it.

Unless you have a major craving for sodium stearoyl actylate, or carrageenan, the homemade version wins hands down.

Which one are you going to have this week?

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unhappy Meal

April 26, 2010

I know I have been going on a bit about unhealthy foods, but this one is just too amazing not to share.

One year ago, Joann Bruso, author of “Transforming a Picky Eater Into a Healthy Eater” bought a Mc Donald’s Happy Meal, and placed it on her office shelf.  After several days, the scent of the food abated, and the meal sat innocuously in her office.

She photographed it exactly one year later. The conclusion? The meal did not decompose at all. While the bun did get a bit dry, the rest of meal looks virtually the same! No mold, no odor, no disintegration at all.

Food is meant to break down in our bodies, and our landfills. Do you really want to eat something that won’t decompose for a whole year (and counting)?

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