Big Mac has 540 calories. This figure seems to be for the sandwich without cheese, however, and other sources claim the calories to be as high as 704 calories when served with cheese and special sauce. Most average people require a daily caloric intake of 2,000 calories.
Calories aside, Big Macs have some other nutritional problems. A Big Mac has 29g of fat, 45g of carbohydrates, 75mg of cholesterol and a whopping 1,040mg of sodium. For comparison, a person should maintain a sodium intake between 1,500 and 2,300 mg a day. Sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease; fat consumption, especially saturated fat from processed meat, also contributes to heart disease. High-calorie foods contribute to obesity, which is a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease and other problems.
The burger itself is not the biggest problem with a Big Mac meal. Most people don’t order a sandwich alone, but instead order the combo meal. A large order of fries has 570 calories, while a large drink has 373 calories. Altogether, the Big Mac combo meal accounts for 1,483 calories, leaving a person on a 2,000 calorie diet with very little else to eat in one day.
Food Group: Sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 530 cals
Serving Size: 1 each (211g)
Nutrient Score: C
Good Source Of:
High in Saturated Fat, High in Sodium, and High in Trans Fat
How long do people have to work to afford a Big Mac?
The Big Mac doesn´t have in every country the same price. According to the magazine Economist survey the cheapest Big Mac you can buy in Ukraine (1,63 USD), India (1,75 USD) and South Africa (2,33 USD). And vice versa: the most expensive you will buy in Norway (7,76 USD), Switzerland (6,83 USD) and Venezuela (6,82 USD).
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