The McRib, the cult favorite go-to fast food sandwich, has returned home to McDonald’s after a year-long absence. But while many consumers rejoice at the sight of the tasty sandwich on the menu, there is a much more profound emotion that should be felt, and that is concern, as the ingredients of the McRib aren’t widely known. In case you are wondering what exactly is in the McRib, here’s a breakdown.

What’s all the buzz about? And why is everyone going crazy about the McRib? Well, the McRib does an annual disappearing act and is only brought back on the menu once a year and only for a few weeks. Not to mention, it is not always offered at all McDonald’s locations.

Since its debut in 1981, the McRib has garnered a special following. Loyal fans have even gone as far as to plead with their city council members to bring the sandwich back, driven 10 hours to eat the sandwich, and consumed 12 McRibs at once. But how do people find out when the sandwich has hit the menu? All thanks to a special locator–the McRib locator that points you to the nearest McDonald’s that offers the sandwich. But what exactly is in this famous food?

Since the McRib’s information page was taken down, a McDonald’s rep sent screengrabs of the nutritional content via the McDonald’s mobile app.

According to the screengrabs, the McRib is made of a pork patty sitting atop a homestyle roll, and is topped with barbecue sauce, pickles and onions, along with other ingredients that make up the sandwich. The McRib has 480 calories, 200 of which are from fat. It contains 24 grams of protein and 45 grams of carbs. There is also 89mg of sodium, 80mg of cholesterol and no trans fat.

If you want to stick to a healthy diet, then it most likely calls for avoiding the McRib. But if you’re looking for a cheat meal, then it’s best to check the food’s ingredients to find the healthiest fast food options out there.


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