Is it true that McDonald’s meat is 100% real meat as advertised?
A fast food place that advertises either “100% real meat” or “100% beef” is doing it as a marketing ploy. It is a way to make the food sound healthier than it is. Assuming that the statements are true, they lack any real meaning. Here is why:
A quarter-pound hunk of beef fat is still 100% beef. Some people might eat it, but would you? Beef fat isn’t particularly healthy. Regular grind hamburger, like that sold in stores, is 80% beef meat and 20% beef fat. That is a lot of fat, even though fat gives hamburger most of the flavor people love. What would prevent the establishment from serving 70–30 (70% meat and 30% fat)? They could even sell 60–40 and if both the meat and the fat came from beef, it would be 100% beef.
It goes a step further, too. Since people have been eating beef, they have eaten many parts of the beef and still do. Heart, liver, kidneys, tongue, brains, stomach (tripe), and so forth, are all 100% beef if they came from a beef steer. In a butcher shop, many of these things are thrown away today, though not all are. Any of these and also the trimmings that are normally discarded could be put into a burger and sold as 100% beef, in an attempt (often successful) in convincing people that the food is not only healthy but also something different than what they are actually are buying.
If the ploy is “100% meat”, it is even easier to fool the public because not only is the above true, there isn’t even a restriction that all the meat parts come from beef. Just as a minor example, pork fat could be used and it is often cheaper than beef fat. It is virtually certain that “100% meat” would include fat, too. It is the fat that holds a burger together. Anyone who has tried to make a hamburger out of extra lean beef or venison might have noticed that it falls apart easily. It lacks the fat to act as a binding agent. A binding agent must be added to hold the burgers together.
This means that when they say ‘100% meat’, they are really saying that it came from an animal and not that it is 100% muscle fiber. Additionally, even if a food contains no preservatives, which is the implied meaning of 100% pure, it still isn’t a guarantee that the food is healthy to eat. In fact, it doesn’t even mean that they can’t legally add preservatives and still say that it is 100% meat.
Contributed by Rex Trulove
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