Doing some physical activity with your heart rate in your maximum heart rate zone for 30 minutes after running an initial 12 minutes is the amount of work required to burn the Big Mac Calories away after eating a Big Mac. When discussing the ill effects of certain MacDonalds burgers, the amount of Big Mac Calories is small compared to Angus Bacon and Cheese or Angus Mushroom and Swiss.
Lets start with some of the good stats for Big Macs. Big Macs have 25 grams of protein in them. This is a good amount of protein. A person 150 lbs. (70 kgs) would still need a few more grams of protein to round their meal up to 45 or 50 grams of Protein if they only ate 3 times a day. A better schedule would be 6 meals with each meal having around 25 grams of protein.
Big Macs have around 3 grams of fiber towards our daily value or 20 grams a day of fiber and 45 grams of carbohydrates for 15% towards our daily value. These are all OK values, the fiber would be better a bit higher and the carbohydrates would be a bit better with a lower number, but overall, theres nothing bad about those numbers. In addition, a Big Mac contains Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, respectively.
A Big Mac has 550 calories. Thats over 25% of your daily value for calories. Thats not good. 260 of those calories are from fat and the Big Mac has 29 grams of fat. Thats 45% of your daily value. This is high and puts a strain on the rest of your day to eat foods with healthy fat levels.
A Big Mac has 10 grams of saturated-fat. Some chocolate bars have between 9 and 11.5 grams of saturated fat. However, this does not make it any better. 10 grams of saturated fat is 50% of your daily value and unless you are prepared with no or low saturated-fat foods, its difficult to get food saturated-fat free or with low levels.
There are 1.5 grams of trans fat in a Big Mac. Trans fats occur naturally in some foods such as meat, but in smaller amounts for this amount of meat. Trans fats, like saturated fats, are bad for us as they raise our cholesterol which needs lower levers and but in addition, Trans fats also lowers our cholesterol which requires higher levels.
Speaking of cholesterol, a Big Mac has 75 mg of cholesterol of our 300 mg daily value. There is 1000 mgs of sodium from our 2250 daily value and contains 9 grams of sugars. There are 24 grams of sugar in a can of coke, so 9 grams doesnt look so bad.
Looking specifically at Big Mac calories looks like the wrong type of food to be eating, but when you consider Mcdonalds Nutrition Information, a Big Mac doesnt look so bad. Now compare it to the calories in an apple, and it’s easier to evaluate it.