A McDonald’s Sausage Burrito certainly promises to fire you up for the day, with more than 100 ingredients including one chemical compound used in fireworks
A new behind-the-scenes video reveals that although the liquid egg in the sandwich originates from a farm in Michigan, it is mixed with twenty other components before flash frozen and reheated at restaurants.
Among the scrambled egg mix is carboxymethyl cellulose – a binding compound found in denture adhesives – and sodium benzoate, which is also used in fireworks to produce a whistling sound.
Both ingredients are commonly used in the processed food industry as a cheap way of thickening and preserving goods. The other components of the McDonald’s breakfast burrito include ‘pre-cooked sausage crumbles.’ Thankfully the brown-colored nodules do contain pork.
But the niblets are blended with various other substances including propyl gallate – an antioxidant preservative also used in a wide variety of lipsticks and shower gel.
After the egg and pork is combined, a layer of processed American cheese is melted on top.
Soy lecithin – which some suggest triggers weight fluctuations and gastrointestinal problems – is added to the milk, cream, water and ‘cheese culture’ blend, in a bid to stop the cheesy slices from getting stuck together in storage.
Finally, the egg, sausage and cheese is wrapped up in a tortilla wrap by chefs. In a bid to extend the shelf life of the flour product, a number of preservatives are added during the factory baking process.
And hey presto, a McDonald’s Sausage Burrito is served.
The finished breakfast meal contains 300 calories, 12 grams of protein and 790 milligrams of sodium – more than one third of the recommended daily intake.