Is Mcdonald’s Sausage Pork Or Beef

The owners of each trademark used here belong to their respective owners. See Terms & Conditions on www. mcdonalds. ca for details.

*5% or less is a little. 15% or more is a lot. %DV = % Daily Value. Learn how to use % Daily Value at Health Canada

The 2,000 calorie diet is the basis for the percent daily values (DV). Depending on how many calories you require each day, your values may be higher or lower.

This website’s nutrition data only applies to menu items that are served at McDonald’s restaurants in Canada. Certain menu items might not be offered at every restaurant; they haven’t included test products, test formulations, specific regional products, or short-lived promotional items. The nutritional data comes from published sources, testing carried out in approved labs, and information from McDonald’s suppliers. The nutrition data is predicated on typical product sizes, assembly procedures, and formulations (including ice for drinks). The average values for ingredients from McDonald’s suppliers serve as the basis for all nutrition information, which is rounded in accordance with federal rounding laws. The nutrition values for each product may vary depending on factors like serving sizes, preparation methods, product testing, supply sources, and regional and seasonal variations. In addition, product formulations change periodically. You should anticipate some variation in the amount of nutrients found in the goods you buy at our restaurants. There is no certification indicating that a product is vegetarian; it is possible for it to contain traces of animal ingredients. Our fried menu items are cooked in a blend of vegetable oils that has been treated with dimethylpolysiloxane to lessen oil splatter and citric acid added as a processing aid.

McDonald’s breakfast sausage is made of pork

Whether its from the drive-thru window or the freezer section of the supermarket, most breakfast sausages you come across are going to be made out of pork. Unsurprisingly, this includes the sausage patties at McDonalds. As the chains nutritional information posted online shows, pork is listed as the first ingredient, followed by water, salt, and spices (via McDonalds). Additionally, the sausage also contains “natural flavors,” which consist of the intrinsic properties already present in the meat itself, per Healthline. These additives reinforce the salty, slightly sweet flavor that makes breakfast sausage taste like, well, breakfast sausage.

Diet-friendly alternatives to pork have emerged on pancake platters in recent years (turkey bacon, anyone?), but its easy to see why the pig dominates the breakfast market to this day. For one, pork is versatile. As S. Clyde Weaver notes, “fresh country sausage” developed out of the need for farmers to put meat scraps to good use. Taking these unwanted fragments, theyd grind them into patties and season them with fresh herbs such as thyme, sage, and rosemary (via Southern Living). This lends an aromatic depth to the already flavorful meat, and further makes the case for a sticky, syrup-soaked hot cake to go with it.

There’s no artificial preservatives

The trend of food transparency is here to stay, and even the Golden Arches are responding to the demand. In 2018, McDonald’s declared that many of their menu items, including chicken nuggets, scrambled eggs, and hamburger buns, would no longer contain any artificial preservatives. Naturally, these efforts to improve the menu meant that nothing was left unattended, so the basic breakfast sausage also underwent a much-needed makeover.

As weve laid out, the breakfast sausage currently contains eight ingredients: pork, water, salt, spices, dextrose, sugar, rosemary extract, and natural flavors (per McDonalds). However, a Reddit poster managed to hunt down the old nutritional information from the late aughts, and the differences are shocking. A sausage patty from 2009 would have been filled with a long list of additives such as corn syrup solids, monosodium glutamate (MSG), propyl gallate, and citric acids. The only one left standing in the new version is dextrose, a simple sugar that mimics the role of glucose within our bodies and can be broken down and used as a source of energy (per Healthline).

The butter soaking through your pancakes or creamer in your coffee? Those arent the only parts of your breakfast containing dairy. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, milk is commonly added to skillet-friendly meats like breakfast sausage, as the proteins help bulk out the meat during the production process (per Verywell Fit). This may not cross your mind in the hunger-filled haze of consuming a morning McGriddle, but it will if youre among the 68% of people who experience lactose malabsorption worldwide (via National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).

In addition to its absence of preservatives, McDonalds breakfast sausage is an outlier in that it doesnt contain any milk. Weve established McDonalds push towards natural ingredients, and its evident that part of their ingredient transparency efforts extends to cutting dairy from pork products. The Reddit post detailing the sausages past nutritional information displays milk as a prominent ingredient, but its absence on the menu today clearly shows it got the boot. Go Dairy Free even offers a guide on dairy-free substitutions at McDonalds, among them the Sausage McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin with Egg, whose lactose-free status can be achieved by nixing the butter and cheese from the sandwich. No one should have to deny themselves the pleasure of a McDonalds breakfast sausage, and thankfully those with dairy allergies dont have to.