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Holy Sh*t… This is Food??

Published June 17, 2009 - 2 Comments

I recently watched part of a program on the rise of McDonalds. It was quite interesting, and I hope that it’s back on TV soon, because I would like to watch the entire thing.

Although it wasn’t specifically centered on the nutritional value of the fast food giant’s menu, you couldn’t possibly spotlight the company without mentioning the recent controversy, especially with regard to childhood obesity.

So of course this activated my craving centre. I decided to go for a “treat” and revisit my favourite 24 hour drive-thru. I had a plan in mind. I needed something big. Really big.

Good ole Combo #4

“Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Oh, and large size my fries please. Medium Coke is fine. Thanks.”

I brought the goodies back to work, where I sat back and slowly consumed my meal until there was nothing but crumbs and ice cubes remaining. Then my co-workers and I went searching for the nutritional information on the company’s website.

I’ll give McDonalds a little credit. They don’t hide that information. It’s very front and centre on their website. (Note, McDonalds.com and McDonalds.ca are two completely different sites, each with their own way of locating the nutritional information)

The McDonalds (.ca) site actually makes a little game of it. You click and drag your menu choices from the shelf onto your tray, and the site breaks down each item, and gives you a total.

Keeping in mind that some people think that calories are what you should concentrate on, while others think that fat or sodium are more important.. I’ll stick to those three…

Hmm.. so let’s see..

Double Quarter Pounder: 760 Calories, 45g Fat, 1310mg Sodium

Large Fries: 560 Calories, 27g Fat, 430mg Sodium (that MUST be before they drown them in salt)

Medium Coke: 220 Calories, 0g Fat, 10mg Sodium.

For a grand total of… oops.. don’t forget the Sweet and Sour sauce that I asked for to dip my fries in…

50 Calories, 0g Fat, and 150mg Sodium.

And the grand total of…

1590 Calories, 72g Fat, 1900mg Sodium. Wow. That’s one meal. And to look at that further, that’s 111% of my daily Fat intake, and 79% of my daily Sodium allotment. I’m thinking that means that I’m not allowed to eat until 24 hours have passed.

So if that wasn’t enough to scare the hell out of me, we started to look around at some of the other popular fast food places. None of them are any good. That’s no big surprise. Double Stacker, Big Crunch, Flamethrower… they’re all slowly poisoning me one combo at a time.

In case anyone is interested, here are some quick links to the nutritional information of some of my (and maybe yours too) favourite fast food places.

McDonalds USA / Canada
Burger King
Dairy Queen

The big question is, what am I going to do with this information?