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10 Big Macs Around the World

10 Big Macs Around the World

Not all Big Macs are created equally

Big Macs vary more than you might think from country to country.

Despite your own personal opinion on the Big Mac, it is difficult to argue against the prevalence and influence that its mother fast-food chain has had on so many aspects of our lives. Its presence has been so profound that even sociologists have keyed the term "McDonaldization" as a way to describe and study the impact that the McDonald’s brand has had on modern global society.

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After taking inspiration from The Economist’s Big Mac Index, which essentially compares currencies in different countries based on the relative price of a Big Mac, we decided to take a closer look at different Big Macs from around the world. Obviously price varies, but do they have the same ingredients? What about nutritional value? Are they as big as the 'Mac that we know in the States?

Just as their price varies, our research concluded that, in fact, Big Macs around the world come in very different shapes and sizes. To get a better idea of how these burgers size up when compared against one another, we considered their price, typical ingredients, and nutritional information. When then ranked them from least to most expensive.

For example, in the United States, your typical Big Mac has 550 calories, 25 grams of protein, 29 grams of fat, 46 carbohydrates, and 970 milligrams of sodium. It comes with two slices of American cheese and typically costs around $4.56. Head to South Africa, though, and you’ll find the menu staple for as cheap as $1.82, while if you’re in Norway, a burger will cost you around $7.51.

Curious to learn more about how Big Macs compare across borders? Check out our slideshow to see how these 10 global Big Macs stack up against one another!


The 10 Highest Calorie Items On McDonald’s Menu

McDonald's isn't exactly known for their healthy food. These menu items aren't ideal if you're trying to eat a little better.

If you’re heading to McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, chances are you’re not looking for a low-calorie meal. And you probably won’t find one anyway, though the restaurant has been adding healthier alternatives over the years, like salads. In any case, that isn’t really why you go to a place like McDonald’s. You go to indulge.

With that said, however, some menu items seriously tip the scales when it comes to calorie counts. And while all nutritional information is clearly on display, you might try not to look so you don’t realize just how much fat, calories, and sodium is in the burger you have in mind.

But interestingly, it isn’t even the delicious burgers that contain the most calories. In many cases, the drinks boast higher calorie counts, as well as other menu items.

Here’s a look at the 10 highest calorie items on the McDonald’s menu. Note that you might not be able to find them all in your local restaurant and some may no longer be available, or may only be limited time items.


1. Chili Cheese Bites, Sweden

Sweden always rates among the happiest countries to live every year. However, we doubt these fried balls of molten chili cheese have anything to do with it.

Sweden always rates among the happiest countries to live every year. However, we doubt these fried balls of molten chili cheese have anything to do with it.


There's a 'Big Mac Index'

Back in 1986, The Economist developed a fun theory using the Big Mac that eventually became a staple of economic thinking.

Dubbed the "Big Mac Index," the theory goes that you can detect exchange rates between countries by measuring the converted price of a Big Mac in each.

For instance, if a Big Mac costs $4 in the U.S. and 2.5 pounds in the U.K., the expected exchange rate would be $1.60 to the pound (because 4 divided by 2.5 equals 1.60).

If the equation doesn't match up with actual exchange rates, it can mean that currencies are either overvalued or undervalued.


This guy has eaten 10 big macs a week for 30 years. Reminds me of my ISTJ friends who are so loyal to their favorite foods and routines

One time, instead of getting a regular half chicken breast, I ordered a boneless half chicken breast. BEAT THAT!

Is it an ISTJ thing that I persist in ordering the same food every single time

It's more of an Si thing which is our primary function but I do think being ISTJ makes us a bit more prone to habit

Routine can be both good and bad. Having a routine like this where the food is unhealthy is not good for overall health. Part of this is based on the ease at which food can be prepared or purchased. However, using our ISTJ "powers" of routine we can choose to have healthy food routines. For instance, I have oatmeal nearly every morning. For lunch, I nearly always have a side of carrots and radishes. All of these things are very easy to prepare, inexpensive, and healthy. If you're going to do it every day without thinking, make sure it's healthy.


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Gorske claims that after getting his first car, the first place he went to was the McDonald's on Military Road in his hometown of Fond du Lac on May 17, 1972. [2] [3] He purchased and ate three Big Macs at lunch time. He then returned two more times that day to consume a total of nine Big Macs the same day he discovered the burger. He further claims to have eaten 265 Big Macs in the following month, an average of 8.5 Big Macs per day. If true, this would be equivalent to over 4,600 calories and 247 grams of low quality fat daily, for a total of 143,100 calories and 16.9 pounds of fat in one month. He also claims to drink almost nothing but Coca-Cola and, according to Super Size Me, he rarely eats the fries. At first, Don kept all the boxes of Big Macs he ate in the back of his car. He met and proposed to his wife, Mary, at a McDonald's in 1975. In addition, he has a statue of Ronald McDonald in his yard. Gorske also states that he has only eaten one Burger King Whopper sandwich in his life in 1984 and will never eat one again. Gorske claimed that he first tried a Whopper after his friend bet him $5 to do so and that he then spent the money on Big Macs.

In 2003, Don Gorske ate 741 Big Macs, an average of 2.03 Big Macs per day. Gorske is 6 foot 2 inches tall (1.88m), 185 pounds (83 kg), and claims a cholesterol level of 140. His claimed average daily consumption of two Big Macs amounts to 1,080 calories, according to the nutritional information published by McDonald's [4] this does not take into account his energy intake from fluids. The USDA recommends about 2,200 calories per day. [5] Gorske consumes mainly calorie-rich food, but he maintains a stable weight by consuming fewer calories daily than the average American. He says his taste buds have always fluctuated in sensitivity, so he often eats a Big Mac without being able to taste it. [6]

On May 17, 2011, Gorske ate his 25,000th Big Mac at his favorite McDonald's restaurant in Fond du Lac. [7] On his birthdays, he puts candles in a Big Mac like a cake, and when Christmas time comes around, he treats himself to more Big Macs while his family has more traditional Christmas food. He claims that since he ate his first Big Mac, there have only been eight separate days in which he did not eat a single Big Mac. One of these days was the day his mother died, and he did not eat a Big Mac to respect her request. [2] Other days included a "Snow Day" when McDonald's was unable to open due to snow, a Thanksgiving, days he was traveling and could not find a McDonald's, and various days Gorske had to stay at work past midnight. The eighth time was when he got double dogged dared not to do it. Gorske has since started keeping an "emergency stash" of Big Macs in his freezer for emergencies and snow days. [8] Gorske commented in 2008 that his obsessive–compulsive disorder is what fuels his love of Big Macs, noting he also records when and where he eats his Big Macs in a notebook that he always carries, and that he has kept every burger receipt in a box. [2]

Gorske ate his 29,000th Big Mac on December 8, 2016. [3] He also maintains that he has no known health issues and has not had reason to visit a doctor. At his doctor visit on April 26, 2011, his first since 1985, his cholesterol level was 156 mg/dl, which is below the average of 208 mg/dl. [9]

On May 4th, 2018, Gorske ate his 30,000th Big Mac. [10]

Gorske worked as a correctional officer at Waupun Correctional Institution for 25 years. He retired in May 2011. [ citation needed ]

He appeared in the documentary Super Size Me. In the DVD extras for the film, it is revealed he works as a correctional officer. He also makes a cameo appearance in cartoon form in the film.

In 2006, Gorske appeared as a contestant on the game show I've Got a Secret. Celebrity panelist Billy Bean was able to guess the Big Mac as Gorske's food of choice.

On May 25, 2009, Gorske was featured on The Rachael Ray Show.

To congratulate Gorske on eating his 25,000th Big Mac, he appeared on The Kyle & Jackie O Show on May 20, 2011 and Lopez Tonight on May 23, 2011. [11]

The Netflix series History 101 featured Gorske to start its episode 01 on Fast Food released in 2020.


Copycat Big Mac

There's no denying the power of the Big Mac. From the bun to patty ratio, to the smooth, melty American cheese, and of course the special sauce, everything about it is perfect. Which is why we decided to recreate our very own Big Mac. And trust us, making one yourself is sooooo rewarding and SO worth it.

How To Make The Special Sauce

The special sauce is arguably what makes the Big Mac THE BIG MAC. Once a trade secret, all it takes is whisking together mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, and ketchup (for that trademark pink color) with vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. You'll make more sauce than is needed for four burgers, but it's a versatile condiment that you can put on anything from french fries to eggs. In an airtight jar, it can keep in your fridge for up to 10 days&mdashif it lasts that long.

Building The Burger

To make four Big Macs, you need eight pairs of buns: Each Big Mac uses two bottom buns and one bun top to hold two patties. For the perfect copycat patty, we divide the pound of ground beef&mdash80% fat works best here&mdashinto 8 balls weighing 2 ounces each, then flatten them to a disc that measures almost 5" across to create a nice thin burger. We soak the raw onions in ice cold water to take the harsh sting out of them and make them a little sweeter&mdasha short 10-minute bath is all it takes, then drain well and sprinkle over your sauce for the perfect crunch alongside some nice pickle coins and shredded iceberg.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you like it in the comments below!


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Political Discussion part #2 - Let’s go out for 10 Big Macs at the Engadine Maccas!!

Comparing the 2 campaigns, Mediscare and the Inheritance Tax, which was more prolific and formed a key part of either parties campaigns?

Deaneus!

We Await Silent Tristero's Empire

I read the AFR every day at work we get the Australian on Thursday, and i flick through. I generally use the interwebz. I vaguely recall hearing about a Death Tax.

Didn't hear about it til after the last election.

I don't follow media very closely in the traditional sense.

Elite Crow

Cancelled

Labors 2016 Campaign: Mediscare and nothing else
Liberals 2019 Campaign:

$387B tax grab
Franking Dividends
Negative Gearing Changes
Climate Policy
Labors reckless spending
then.

Inheritance Tax. I did not see one Coalition TV, Radio or newspaper Ad. Scomo didnt raise it at the debates or at the launch. Nor did he travel around Australia in an Inheritance Tax Bus.

Deaneus!

We Await Silent Tristero's Empire

There's a twist worthy of an M Night Shyamalan movie!

Elite Crow

Cancelled

There's a twist worthy of an M Night Shyamalan movie!

I will be very interested to see who spent what when they release the figures. in early 2020

Deaneus!

We Await Silent Tristero's Empire

I'm not calling you a liar but there's no way Sky would have those figures, the parties wouldn't have submitted them yet

Can confirm the Greens probably used feel-good thoughts, also, homemade "Hugs and Housework" vouchers

Bicks

Cancelled

There's a twist worthy of an M Night Shyamalan movie!

I will be very interested to see who spent what when they release the figures. in early 2020

Kane McGoodwin

TheBrownDog

Labors 2016 Campaign: Mediscare and nothing else
Liberals 2019 Campaign:

$387B tax grab
Franking Dividends
Negative Gearing Changes
Climate Policy
Labors reckless spending
then.

Inheritance Tax. I did not see one Coalition TV, Radio or newspaper Ad. Scomo didnt raise it at the debates or at the launch. Nor did he travel around Australia in an Inheritance Tax Bus.

like deaneus I switch off from much of it. but both parties are guilty of scare campaigns.

Ps. I noticed both equally.

Elite Crow

Cancelled

I'm not calling you a liar but there's no way Sky would have those figures, the parties wouldn't have submitted them yet

Can confirm the Greens probably used feel-good thoughts, also, homemade "Hugs and Housework" vouchers

Arrowman

Brownlow Medallist

Elite Crow

Cancelled

like deaneus I switch off from much of it. but both parties are guilty of scare campaigns.

Ps. I noticed both equally.

Kane McGoodwin

TheBrownDog

Elite Crow

Cancelled

Elite Crow

Cancelled

Kane McGoodwin

TheBrownDog

Mediscare wasn't the only part of their campaign though!

Seriously there is little between both examples as they managed to get in people's minds who don't question BS.

Elite Crow

Cancelled

Mediscare wasn't the only part of their campaign though!

Seriously there is little between both examples as they managed to get in people's minds who don't question BS.

You claim not to notice and then claim to know what’s going on.

Kane McGoodwin

TheBrownDog

You claim not to notice and then claim to know what’s going on.

I switch off from advertising, particularly election advertising. but I watch many news programs & read.

When messaging is repeated over & over, it's not hard to pick up what the parties are trying to sell.

1970crow

Hall of Famer

Positive is very much relative. Their biggest mistake was committing Australian's to an un-costed carbon reduction that went well ahead of requirements and was known to make very little difference to a global issue. The other problem was the implied war against coal miners. What the Liberals actually campaigned upon, and I don't expect you to comprehend this, was more of the same economic management and identifying the inherent risk of electing Labor who have a massive policy with zero idea about what it will cost the economy and/or every individual that engages within it.

Labor lost the election with bad policy and arrogance, the coalition didn't win it with any form of scare campaign. You can argue that Palmer's $50m spent on not voting Labor had a significant impact and I'd agree at the margins. But the Coalition ran a campaign on their management over 2 terms of government and identified a significant and accepted unknown environmental policy dreamed up by Labor. It turns out that the electorate will forgive sacking a PM over voting for an un-costed world leading carbon program from a very small emitter on the world stage.

Elite Crow

Cancelled

I switch off from advertising, particularly election advertising. but I watch many news programs & read.

When messaging is repeated over & over, it's not hard to pick up what the parties are trying to sell.

If you switched off from political advertising you obviously didn’t see the massive Mediscare advertising campaign and the lack of an inheritance tax campaign.

Given that you’re not really in a position to judge.

Kane McGoodwin

TheBrownDog

If you switched off from political advertising you obviously didn’t see the massive Mediscare advertising campaign and the lack of an inheritance tax campaign.

Given that you’re not really in a position to judge.

You asked for my opinion & I gave it.

If you don't like it, so be it.

I will repeat both parties are guilty of running scare campaigns & it's only rusted on supporters who think otherwise.

It's about time we legislate against making clearly false claims, which both parties are guilty of.

Bicks

Cancelled

Getting very willing in the NSW ALP branch. Keep it up fellas..

Labor’s national Right faction — which commands majority support in caucus — is divided and in disarray.
The powerful NSW Right faction is a pariah within the national Right and Labor MPs have called for new leadership of the grouping. No member of the Right outside NSW publicly declared their support for Anthony Albanese’s leadership bid against challengers Chris Bowen or Jim Chalmers.

The convenor of the national Right, NSW Labor secretary Kaila Murnain, did not strongly urge MPs to back Mr Bowen or Mr Chalmers.
The convenor of the NSW Right in parliament, Joel Fitzgibbon, flatly refused to back Mr Bowen despite many in the faction initially supporting the Treasury spokesman’s leadership bid. The NSW Right’s failure to unite behind one of their own, Mr Bowen, or back a fellow traveller from Queensland, Mr Chalmers, has enraged some MPs.

The NSW Right’s history of tribalism, mateship and loyalty, MPs say, has been thrown out the window. The faction’s leadership has done the unthinkable: supported the ambitions of the NSW hard-left faction boss to lead the party. A former party leader aligned to the NSW Right told The Australian it would be “beyond the pale” for him to welcome Mr Albanese’s rise to the leadership. “The NSW Right is a shadow of its former self,” they said.

The faction’s past leaders are aghast at what has become of the powerful grouping that produced Paul Keating and backed Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd — none of whom was from the party’s Left. The faction lacks strong leadership in parliament, the party or unions. “The NSW Right is a completely untrustworthy outfit,” a senior Labor MP from outside NSW said.

“They would not unite to back Chris, from their tribe, and they refused to back Jim. Instead, they’re backing one of their enemies from the Left. What a joke.

“The rest of the Right, nationally, was prepared to back another candidate but we didn’t get a say. The NSW Right’s leaders decided to back Albo. What they did to Chris is unforgivable.”

Only three MPs from the NSW Right — Mr Fitzgibbon, Tony Burke and Kristina Keneally — publicly supported Mr Albanese. They did so without the NSW Right meeting to decide its position on the leadership. It was also made clear by Mr Albanese’s backers in the NSW Right that the faction would pressure other MPs not to support Mr Bowen if he ran.

“We couldn’t allow Chris to win the caucus vote and have Albo win the membership vote,” another MP said. “That would undermine Albo’s leadership and put him in an untenable position.” While the NSW Right has not always voted uniformly in leadership ballots, it did unite to support Bill Shorten.


64-Year-Old Man Has Eaten 12,000 Big Macs in 30 Years

Dennis Rosenlof has special sauce coursing through his veins.

"My first meal of the day is always at about 10:30, when they open up the Big Macs," Rosenlof, 64, told ABC News.

The fast-food giant McDonald's can keep its Egg McMuffins, Filets-O-Fish and all the rest of it. Rosenlof said he isn't interested.

"I enjoy what I eat," he said. "It tastes good, so I order the same thing every day."

And for Rosenlof, that's a Big Mac meal. The electrical appliance salesman and Vietnam vet is apparently in great health, despite being a self-confessed Big Mac-aholic with a 30-year habit.

"Mondays I always eat a Big Mac, two on Tuesdays, one on Wednesdays, two on Thursdays, one or two on Fridays, and two every Saturday," he explained.

That is 10 Big Macs a week. Rosenlof estimates he's scarfed down more than 12,000 of the special sauce-covered burgers in a lifetime.

He eats almost nothing else, except on the day of rest.

"Sunday my wife cooks meals and we eat a family dinner, so it works out great," said Rosenlof.

But health professionals recognize the vital nutrients he is not getting.

"What's missing from his diet it seems are vitamins, minerals, fiber," said ABC News Nutrition and Wellness Editor Dave Zinczenko. "The good news is he's keeping his calories in check, 700 fewer calories than the average American man brings in."

He just eats them all in Big Macs.

"It has all the major food groups in it," Rosenlof said. "I'm not sure what's in the special sauce, but you put them all together and it makes a fantastic sandwich."