In McDonald’s latest attempt to be transparent regarding its menu, the fast-food company released a video on Monday detailing the eggs used in their products.
MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara guides viewers through a factory tour similar to the ones showing how Chicken McNuggets, McRib patties and fries are made. During the video, Imahara interviews executive vice president of operations Harry Herbruck at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, who explains the two types of eggs that the egg factory processes.
While Herbruck explained that the eggs are always fresh (meaning they were laid the same day or the day before), he made no mention of where the eggs are laid or what the conditions are like for the chickens.
The fresh shell eggs, as opposed to the liquid eggs, are the ones used to make the Egg McMuffin. The liquid eggs are used to make McGriddles Sandwiches, biscuit sandwiches, scrambled eggs and sausage burritos.
While it might be comforting to know that Egg McMuffins are in fact made with real eggs, that doesn’t mean they’re part of a balanced meal: the McDonald’s product contains 300 calories and 750 mgs of sodium.