If you've ever tasted a Big Mac in the USA or a Zinger burger in the UK, you may have noticed subtle differences in the size and flavour. As it turns out, they also contain different fat content. This infographic compares the portion sizes and calorie intake of popular fast food menu items in 12 different countries. (Australia doesn't fare too well.)
When it comes to takeaway meal deals, Australia isn't nearly as bad as the USA. As we previously reported, a "small" American cheeseburger meal from McDonald’s includes not one, but two burgers, plus a medium fries and a large soft drink. However, when individual menu items are compared, Australia starts to look a lot worse.
For example, at McDonald's, Aussies receive fewer fries per serving than Canada, USA, UK, France or Japan. Despite this, our fries contain the second highest kJ number per serving. Likewise, our KFC Original Recipe burgers packs in 21 more kilojoules than the New Zealand version despite being a full 35 grams lighter.
In other words, you shouldn't assume that international fast food chains are identical around the world, even when they're selling the same products. If you're serious about calorie-counting, this might be something to keep in mind during your next trip abroad. You can check out how other products compare below.