What your yoga mat and the McRib sandwich have in common

Have you ever fallen on your face during crow pose or Bujapidasana? Did you come up with a bruised ego but also a desire to race over to the nearest McDonald’s?

Turns out there is a reason for that.

According to the Time magazine healthblog, “Healthland,” the McRib sandwich — back in McDonald’s now, if you have managed to avoid the advertising and stories — contains azodicarbonamide among its 70 ingredients, 34 in just the bun.

Now, azodicarbonamide is not a fancy, scientific word for “healthy vitamin.”

It turns out azodicarbonamide is a “flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes.”

Gym mat = yoga mat.

Did I just ruin your appetite?

UPDATE, Nov. 4: The Humane Society has accused the provider of the pork in the McRib of subjecting its pigs to cruel living conditions. It has filed a complaint with the SEC. The company, Smithfield Foods Inc., said in a statement that the “allegations are wholly without merit and appear to be another in a series of frivolous attacks.”  It says 30% of its sows will be in group housing by year’s end.

Link to the complaint right here.

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