You know that when you plowed through that Big Mac the other weekend, that you’d have that strange sensation of lethargy and mild nausea just a mere half an hour later. Maybe it even happened within minutes. Either way, it’s that familiar sensation that you’ve just made the worse choice since “liking” your ex’s status on Facebook. And it’s no joke–almost all of us have hear of the Super Size Me experiment–and if we haven’t then we an guess what it would feel like to eat McDonald’s food only for a whole month. We’d probably come out of that one a horrible human.
Anyway, it looks like the Big M is finally coming forward to let us all know what’s going on in those burger patties of theirs. Mostly, if you are a fan of their Quarter Pounder, you don’t really care too much. It’s meat-like, and tastes great with pickles and “special sauce.” But if you have any sort of question about the status of a super-chain’s meat source, then you’ve probably conjured up images of horribly treated cows, weird “additives”, and possibly even parts and pieces of the cow that would normally never be touched by any natural predator. The acquired questions of consumers, and the wide-spread speculation of what actually goes in to their products, has prompted McD’s to start a new PR campaign entitled “Our Food. Your Questions.” They’re trying to be transparent with their ingredients, but it’s clear that there is some pretty gnarly stuff in there.
For instance, a rubber substance called azodicarbonamide is in their buns. This is the same sort of substance that one can find in yoga mats…Yeah, the things that keep some squish under your buns when doing that incredibly difficult looking pretzel movement. In a statement from the company on that:
“There are varied uses for azodicarbonamide, including in some non-food products, such as yoga mats. As a result, some people have suggested our food contains rubber or plastic, or that the ingredient is unsafe. It’s simply not the case. Think of salt: the salt you use in your food at home is a variation of the salt you may use to de-ice your sidewalk. The same is true of ADA — it can be used in different ways.”
Whether or not you feel comfortable with that one, is up to you. The video below is a news segment from Good Morning America, you can get a closer look at this new campaign, and some of the practices going on behind the scenes. It’s kind of incredible that after all of the things that have come out about their food (including that whole McNugget pink-slime conspiracy thing), that McDonald’s would stand behind the “100% all-beef patty” guarantee, but let the judgement fall where it shall.
Next time you head into the Golden Arches, remember that if you can’t see how the food is actually made, as in where it really came from other than a box, then you’re taking a risk. Whatever you choose, remember that balance in the diet is key. So no, it’s not advisable to eat only Big Macs and Flurries every day, but it’s up to you to choose.