What’s really in a Big Mac…The Basics

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October 29, 2015

Big Mac HFCS

By Jonathan Wright  

October 29, 2015 

I grew up memorizing that commercial song about what was in a Big Mac…it was like a game for us…Two all Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce , Cheese, Pickles, Onions on a Sesame Seed Bun, little did we know how many ingredients we were missing. According to the McDonalds Website there are over 72 ingredients in a Big Mac and many of the ingredients are in quantities you wouldn’t feed your worst enemy.

The 7.5 ounce burger has:

540 calories of which 240 are from fat.

Packing 970 grams of Sodium which can cause dehydration symptoms in the body and which closely mimic hunger, also causes the heart to pump harder and the kidneys strain to filter the excess salt.
While McDonalds marketing materials say the Big Mac contains only 9 grams of sugar, independent testing has measured up to 27 grams of sugar, mostly in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup(HFCS) in the bun and Special sauce, which is above the daily recommended amount of sugar for the entire day. The free floating fructose in the HFCS also absorbs too fast into the liver causing insulin spikes and creating additional hunger pangs usually resulting in over eating. Which is good for McDonalds.

Besides HFCS in the Special sauce you will find Propylene Glycol – Otherwise used in Anti Freeze, engine coolants and shampoos….

Beef patty? You may remember a few years ago the “Pink Slime” scandal that rocked McDonalds profits across the world. McDonalds has been forced to spend millions on a PR campaign to convince consumers it no longer is washing its meat scraps in Ammonium Hydroxide or Pink slime to make the food scraps consumable and claims to no longer use this practice and instead to be using only 100% USDA approved beef but there is no way of knowing if this is true.
The Human Body takes between 24-72 hours to digest foods, depending on the food type. Greasy foods and red meats take even longer. The “meat” portion of a Big Mac can take up to 3 full days to digest and by digest we mean ‘rot’ in your intestinal tract as your digestive tract breaks it down to absorb what nutrients it can extract.

Studies have shown it can take almost a full 51 days to digest Trans fats and a Big Mac contains 1.5 grams of trans fat. Even small amounts of trans fats have been linked to heart disease, Obesity, cancers and diabetes.