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.
This story has been updated since its original publication.