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    Fast Food Part 2: The McDonalds tests

    In order to catch up from our last blog post, we’re looking at how bad fast food is.

     

    Let’s start with McDonalds and the ever popular Big Mac Meal, which contains a Big Mac burger, small French fries and a small coke. Quite possibly the most common meal package sold at this establishment.

     

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    Big Mac 2,060 493
    Small Fries 1,070 255
    Small Coke 428 102
    Total 3,558 850

     

    So we can show you how we’re calculating this, we’ll throw in another table. This shows the total kilojoules and calories counts from the Big Mac meal above, along with the recommend daily intakes for each. We’ll subtract the meal from the recommended intakes and calculate what percentage of that meal just took in terms of recommended daily intakes.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    Big Mac Meal (S) 3,558 850
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 40% 44%

     

     

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    Big Mac Meal (S) 3,558 850
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 49% 56%

     

    Now, if you eat three square meals a day like we’re told, assuming 33% is the average target of each meal based on the recommended daily intake, how could you possibly eat two other decent meals? We don’t see how it’s possible without significantly exceeding the recommended daily average.

     

    On a side note, the small coke doesn’t seem like much, but it provides 28% of the recommended dietary intake for sugars, in one small serve! We’re not in any way condoning that people drink coke, but its interesting to see that the evil is not always in the calories or kilojoules.

     

    Ok, so you see where we’re headed right?

     

    Now you know McDonalds has a wide range of food on offer, so rather than calculate each one (we’re not here to tell you how to eat at McDonalds – we’d rather you not eat there at all if you can help it!), we’ll calculate possible the worst offender in terms of burgers on their menu.

     

    Welcome to the Large Double Quarter Pounder Meal, which consists of the burger itself, large French fries and a large code. We know this might be not as common as other combinations, but we’re looking for the worst burger combination. Same test, here we go:

     

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    Double Quarter Pounder 3,570 853
    Large Fries 1,900 454
    Large Coke 937 223
    Total 6,407 1,530

    And now to calculate the intake percentage.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    Double Quarter Pounder (L) 6,407 1,530
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 72% 79%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    Double Quarter Pounder (L) 6,407 1,530
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 88% 100%

    Enough said. Next time you see someone tucking into one of these meals, slap them in the face for us!

     

    Those numbers are just staggering. Sure we might be feeling hungry, but just have a think about what you’re ordering when you pull up to the McDonalds drive through!

     

    Contemplating breakfast at McDonalds?

     

    In years gone past, the McDonalds Big Breakfast would have featured here, but that’s been off the menu since 2006. Goes to show how bad that was for you, they had to take it off the menu altogether.

     

    Instead, let’s go with a Bacon & Egg McMuffin, Hash Brown and wash it down with a small Café Latte, full cream milk with no sugar.

     

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    Bacon & Egg McMuffin 1,240 297
    Hash Brown 638 153
    Café Latte, full cream, no sugar 472 113
    Total 2,350 563

     

    The results.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    B&E McMuffin, HB & Latté 2,350 563
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 26% 29%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    B&E McMuffin, HB & Latté 2,350 563
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 32% 37%

     

    Now I’ll be honest with you, I’m surprised at those results – I expected those to be far more given the nature of the food (bacon, potato, milk). Despite the result, it’s still not quality food. You’d do yourself a favor to whip up a poached egg, bacon and English muffin combo at home, and it only takes a few minutes!

     

    While I’ve covered the bad, there are some items that could be consumed without too much consequence, including their Garden Salad with an Italian Style Dressing, which comes in at 121 kilojoules and 29 calories, which looks to be the lowest in terms of kilojoules and calories at McDonalds. Even then, why would you when there is so much fresh food available which tastes so much better?

     

    In our next post, we’ll cover off Kentucky Fried Chicken and show you how they stack up.

     

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