McDonalds Angus burger is a heart attack in a box

 

Maybe better eating this than what's inside...

Your probably better off eating the box...

Introduction

The McAngus burger is indeed a master deceiver of epic proportions.

When you eat it, it tastes fantastic, you are sure that’s it’s doing your body good. Instead, this burger filled with sugar, additives of the unnatural kind, flavours, fat (of the saturated kind), and colours (over 100 ingredients in all), mark my works, will send you to an early grave.

In the following sections I will show you the how and why of this burger and why avoiding it will give you a longer, healthier life.

The how

For fear of sounding inflammatory (pardon the pun), let me explain myself:

I’ll give you some background first, with a quote from Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington, she says,Sugar has no nutritional value other than to provide calories, consuming foods and beverages with excessive amounts of added sugars displaces more nutritious foods and beverages for many people.”

 

An independent expert report released by the World Health Organisation which gave guidelines on health and intake of food and nutritional, amongst other things, set out recommendations on Sugar, Salt and Fat intake.

Here is an Excerpt from that report, it says, “The Expert Report’s specific recommendations on diet include limiting fat to between 15 and 30 percent of total daily energy intake and saturated fats to less than 10 percent of this total.”

Carbohydrates, the report says, should provide the bulk of energy requirements – between 55 and 75 percent of daily intake and free sugars should remain beneath 10 percent. Protein should make up a further 10-15 percent of calorie intake and salt should be restricted to less than 5 grams a day. Intake of fruit and vegetables should be plumped up to reach at least 400 grams a day.”

The why

Ok, lets do the math on a typical Angus meal from our friendly Family Resturaunt, this is a medium meal with a coke and fries, don’t bother adding desert, you will see why:

With over 20 additives just in the burger, (plus the old Caramel IV rearing it’s ugly head).

 

These figures below are recommended intake according to the World Health Organisation.

Another thing to note is that these are gross caloric values and don’t take into consideration the usable calories from the body, I’m not sure if the WHO take this into condieration, so I’m not, but actual values may be 2 or 3% lower if this is taken into consideration.


 

 

 

Angus
Meal – Medium
Amount Intake
(Calories)
RDI Min RDI Max
Calories 1560
Calories
1560 87.00%
Protein 47.2
Grams
188.8 70.00% 102.00%
Fat 55.5
Grams
500 102.00%
Saturated
Fat
19.2
Grams
172.8 320.00%
Carbohydrates 124.5
Grams
498 37.00% 50.00%
Sugar 45.1
Grams
202.95 112.00%
Sodium 1747 mg 76.00%

And all of this with little real nutritional benefit to your body, you will still need to eat enough fruit and vegetables etc, to make up therest of the calories that are recommended without eating any more of anything that is over the 100% mark already. I guess the graph speaks for itself on what, and where, you should be eating.

Now, you may think this is a bit harsh, calling the Angus burger a heart attack in a box and saying that your better off eating the box than eating the burger. But lets say you do eat the box instead of the burger, how much less Saturated Fats, Sugar and Sodium are going to eat.

Conclusion

For someone to have a healthy day’s eating, you simply cannot eat a meal like this and stay within your recommended daily calorie limit (or any other limit, for that matter), unless you are already overweight. SO that begs the question, how or why could anyone justify eating such a meal, ever! And how if this is all people should eat in a whole day (or day and a half), with very little nutrition in the meal, would you justifiably be able to eat this as part of a ‘normal daily balanced lifestyle’!

I guess these are questions people need to ask themselves…