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The McRib Is Back—But Should You Be Switching Your Order?

McDonald's famous pork patty sandwich just made a comeback, but is it worth ordering?

After a nearly yearlong hiatus, the McRib is finally making a comeback on the McDonald's menu. The hamburger chain recently announced that the pork patty sandwich—which is stacked with pickles, onions, and McRib sauce on a homestyle roll—will be available in more than 9,000 U.S. restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

"We know our fans love this limited time classic," McDonald's Chef Mike Haracz said in a press release about the sandwich, which made its debut in 1981. "That's why we wanted to bring the McRib to as many fans as possible this year. With the McRib also now available via McDelivery on Uber Eats, we're excited to make it more accessible to customers with the speed and convenience they expect from McDonald's."

While Mickey D's encourages fans to download the Finder app to find participating restaurants selling the McRib, is tracking down the 'wich a smart move for your waistline?

Should You Order the McRib?

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480 calories, 22 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 890 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 24 g protein

The pork sandwich clocks in at just under 500 calories, and it serves up almost a day's worth of saturated fat and over a third of your recommended daily sodium intake. In comparison to the Big Mac, the McRib packs in 60 fewer calories, 6 fewer grams of fat, and 50 fewer milligrams of sodium. If you're choosing the McRib over your usual Quarter Pounder with Cheese, you'll save 60 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, and 220 milligrams of sodium. Not such a bad swap, if you ask us.

Because it's only available for a limited time, treating yourself to the pork sandwich once or twice likely won't derail your diet. If you're looking to slim down the sandwich, we say opt for ordering it without the McRib sauce. Omitting the sweet and tangy dressing will save your meal 50 calories, 8 grams of sugar, and 150 milligrams of sodium. For other options, go for McDonald's healthier menu items, such as the McDouble and the regular hamburger.

April Benshosan
April is a born-and-raised Brooklynite who has a passion for all things health, wellness, and tastebud-related. Read more about April