This Is What Happens To Your Body While Eating A Big Mac

This Is What Happens To Your Body While Eating A Big Mac
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Are you planning to head to McDonald’s for a cheeky Big Mac this arvo? You might want to run your eyes over this infographic first – it explains all the ways an Aussie Big Mac affects your body one hour after scoffing it down. (Surprise, surprise: It turns out they aren’t particularly good for you.)

You may have seen Fast Food Menu Price’s infographic doing the rounds on social media over the years. However, the information was specific to the US burger, which uses several different ingredients to the Australian version, including corn syrup and trans fats. But fear not: we asked the infographic’s creator to provide an Australian-specific version, which you can find below.

As you can see, an Aussie Big Mac isn’t quite as toxic as the US version, but it’s hardly a healthy meal choice. You’re looking at 859mg of sodium, 5.9g of sugars and 27g of fat packed into a fairly small burger that – let’s be honest – isn’t particularly tasty or filling.

With that said, the usual rules about balanced eating apply: if you only eat these things every now and again it’s probably safe to ignore the infographic’s hysterical health warnings. We’re also a bit leery of the three-day digestion claims which seemed to be based on a single study from the University of Hawaii. Nevertheless, it remains interesting food for thought.

[Fast Food Menu Price]

This story has been updated since its original publication.


    • Are you suggesting you only eat once every 72 hours? Nothing in between. That your digestive system isn’t constantly filled with materials that all have different digestion rates. That every time you have a bowel movement your digestive system is completely drained empty?

  • That site’s a bit weird. They have no About page, and no information about who they are or what their goals are. They go out of their way to let you know they operate under Dutch law (or, as they put it on their site, DUTCH) but all of their information is about American restaurants.

    Add to that the fact that their infographics don’t include any citations for their numbers, and it’s all a bit suss.

    • I’m wondering what their sources are as well. I know the buns had a high sugar content in the past, which was because they could technically be called confectionary and get around bread strikes in the past.

      I don’t know if they still have that high a content though, particularly here in Australia. As bad as a lot of their products look, I’ll give credit to McDonalds for working to make their products healthier.

      Still not super healthy, but nothing like they were a decade ago. Personally, I’ll grab a Big Mac maybe once every 3 or 4 months. That satisfies the cravings.

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