Big Mac Bad For You


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  • If you are eating a diet of around 2,000 calories a day, a Big Mac provides 52 percent of fat, 55 percent of your recommended daily intake of saturated fat, 16 percent of your carbohydrates, 12 percent of your fiber intake, 28 percent of your daily cholesterol, and 45 percent of your total sodium.
  • The Big Mac has been the signature burger at the golden arches pretty much since it was added to the menu in the late 1960s. It wasn't my first time trying one, but expectations going in were pretty high. As outlined in the old jingle, the burger came with two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame.

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Short answer


Bic Macs are indeed bad for you. It’s salty and fatty, and you can find the protein gains somewhere else for less the junk.

Category 'F' is for things that fail to bring anything beneficial to the table, and are very harmful to your health. We recommend completely avoiding anything in this category. Long-term side effects of 'F' items are usually very serious.

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Category 'A'

Very healthy and numerous health benefits. Side effects are rare. Things rated an 'A+' are typically necessary for survival (for example, water).

Very healthy and numerous health benefits. A few harmful qualities may be associated, but only under certain circumstances such as an allergic reaction.

Very healthy and numerous health benefits. Harmful qualities may be associated, but aren't usually serious.

It is important to note that even the best things in life can become bad in immoderate amounts. So, although something may be rated an 'A+', overconsumption/overdoing can bring unwanted effects.

Category 'B'

Very beneficial to your health. Things rated a 'B+' may have a few harmful qualities to pay attention to.

Overall beneficial to your health. Things rated a 'B' may have some harmful qualities to pay attention to.

More beneficial to your health than not. However, harmful qualities are most likely associated and shouldn't be overlooked.

The main difference between category 'A' and category 'B' is the harmful qualities typically present in 'B' items. Serious side effects are usually uncommon, but are still possible and should be taken note of.

Category 'C'

Both beneficial and harmful qualities associated. Things rated a 'C+' are typically a bit more on the beneficial side. Still, moderation is important.

A fairly even ratio of beneficial and harmful qualities. Moderation is important. Very general topics that can lean towards both sides of the spectrum will be placed here as well. Rice, for example, can be good or bad depending on the type.

More harmful than beneficial. Side effects are common, especially when consumed/done excessively. Moderation is very important.

Category 'C' usually denotes to both good and bad qualities. When it comes to this category, it is important to keep this word in mind: moderation.

Category 'D'

Harmful to your health. Although benefits may be associated, the bad most likely outweighs the good. Moderation is very important.

Harmful to your health. A few benefits may be associated, but the bad outweighs the good. Moderation is extremely important.

Harmful to your health. Very few, if any, benefits are present. Things in this category should be avoided as much as possible.

Category 'D' is typically for things that are more harmful than beneficial. While consuming/doing something unhealthy once in a blue moon shouldn't hurt, we definitely recommend eliminating 'D' items as a regular part of your routine/diet.


Category 'F'

Category 'F' is for things that fail to bring anything beneficial to the table, and are very harmful to your health. We recommend completely avoiding anything in this category. Long-term side effects of 'F' items are usually very serious.

Category 'N'

'N' stands for neutral. Things placed into this category are generally (a) neither good nor bad for you, or (b) lack the necessary evidence to reach any conclusions.

Long answer

For a while, Big Macs have been the trademark for the American diet: a greasy, delicious, heart attack in a bun. And frankly, we find that the title is rather fitting.

The Big Mac has 540 calories according to McDonalds. But as we all (should) know calories mean nothing by itself. What really matters is what this number is comprised of, and in this case, half of it is sheer fat.

Fat: The Big Mac has about 28 grams of fat according to McDonalds. About 50% of the fat is saturated, the same kind linked to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. And of course, the Big Mac does have its share of the unhealthiest fat, trans fat. 2 grams of it.

Trans fat is frowned upon by several health institutions because it increases our bad cholesterol and is the hardest kind of fat to get rid of. And for most, it’s also the hardest to resist. It’s pretty addictive, which is one reason America is obese.

By looking at fat alone, and acknowledging that half of the fat in this burger is set to kill you, you can see why this isn’t such a healthy meal. But it gets worse!

Sodium: The American Heart Association advises us not to consume more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily. Any more of that, and you’re oozing for a stroke.

The Big Mac? 1040 mg. Just about 460 milligrams shy of causing you dietary problems and premature death. As far as sodium goes, you’ll be fine if you ate a Big Mac and a Big Mac alone for the rest of the day.

What about carbs? The Big Mac weighs in at 45 grams of carbs—about two sweet potatoes. And sweet potatoes are actually nutrient-dense. What matters most about carbs is, how much of it is actually fiber. In other words, will you feel satiated and satisfied after eating it? With only 3 grams of dietary fiber, we think not. 9 grams of the carbs are claimed to sugars and the rest of it can be deduced to starchy, refined, belly-plumping goodness.

As far as protein goes, the Big Mac scores extremely well. Claimed by McDonalds to use 100% real beef, the Big Mac contains a heaping 25 grams of protein per patty. However, McDonald’s meat has gone under the watch glass many times, specifically for its inability to rot.

A characteristic of whole, natural foods is susceptibility to rotting. It’s a reason snacking and preservatives were introduced—for a more convenient approach towards food. However, the more chemicals and unnatural substances you add, the more adverse effects ensued.

Since McDonalds claims absolutely nothing is added to the meat, the lack of rotting must be because of salt, a natural preserver. And if a burger can outlast years without transforming into a fungi playground, that’s a lot of salt.

The question of rotting regarding Big Macs has welcomed lots of feedback, including an avid experimenter that suggested it was a myth. Regardless, the Big Mac is nothing short of controversy. With actual documentation of this long-lasting burger, and not to mention it’s about 500 calories, half of it being fat, and the fact that the secret sauce we learned has more lab experiments than ingredients, save the guesswork and skip this burger.

Possible short-term side effects

  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • cravings

Possible long-term side effects

  • clogged arteries
  • high blood pressure
  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • death

Ingredients to be aware of

  • sodium
  • 'natural flavors'

Healthier alternatives

  • homemade burgers
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Is Big Mac Sauce Bad For You

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Written by Blossom O 08-14-2016

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Let me start off by saying that I love burgers – I think they are absolutely one of the tastiest foods out there and I’d prefer a good burger over many other foods.

On my last cheat day for instance I had a Big Mac and thought it was delightful – ba-da-ba-ba-ba – I was lovin’ it.

Now, based on the title of this post you may be hoping that I’d tell you either the Big Mac or the Whopper is healthier for you, but I’m really going to tell you this:

It doesn’t matter.

Now just hold your horses for a bit if you are upset by this – let me explain and help better your perspective on things.

The issue of a Big Mac or a Whopper or any other fast food burger being “healthier” is basically irrelevant.

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If you are worrying about issues such as this one and not looking at the amount of food you are consuming, the amount of protein in your diet, your hydration levels, or your exercise habits, then you are going to have difficulty reaching your goals – regardless of what they may be.

You know just as well as I do that fast food tends not to be the healthiest option, (Have you seen Super Size Me?) so what can you do about your cravings for a Big Mac or Whopper? How can you consume these and still lose weight or stay fit?

Well, there are two options I have for you:

  1. The 80/20 rule. Basically with this thought process the idea is to eat healthy 80%of the time and indulge 20% of the time. If you are eating 3 meals per day plus 2 snacks you are looking at roughly 35 feeding opportunities per week. Using this method you could eat basically whatever you want 7 times per week with the other 28 times being completely healthy meals. For many people this works great. For those of you who can’t control the amount you are consuming 20% of the time this may be an issue for you. Try this method out and see what you think – just make sure those healthy meal times are completely clean – no cookies, chips, and all those other unhealthy foods during that time.
  2. One cheat day per week. This is a method I’ve personally used for a fair amount of time and I’ve found it works well. You’ll eat healthy 6 days per week and then 1 day per week you’ll eat whatever you want. I’ll often have my cheat day be a Saturday and I’ll go hard on that day. Anything I’ve been craving throughout the week I’ll just have on this day. This method isn’t for everyone, especially if you can’t stay on track during the week, but I’ve found it works well because you are selecting one day ahead of time to eat all the Big Macs, Whoppers, or other foods you’ve been craving. When you want something during the week, just tell yourself that you can have it on cheat day!

Try out one of these methods and see how it works for you. Remember, we’re all different and can handle different things.

For those of you who are still wondering about the Big Mac vs. Whopper health debate let me throw some stats at you:

Big Mac – 550 calories, 29 grams of fat

Whopper – 630 calories, 35 grams of fat

Big Mac Not Bad For You

These aren’t going to be the best foods in the world for you, but not the worst either.

I’ll tell you this though, if you enjoy them and want to have them occasional, go for it!

I’m not saying you should have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, but come on, you have to enjoy life a bit!

Do you already use the 80/20 method of eating or the one cheat day per week method?

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Leave a comment below and let me know how they are working for you, I’m sure other people would love to see which method works best!