The Big Mac sandwich is a type of cheeseburger, a signature sandwich sold by the McDonald's chain of fast-food restaurants since 1968, made with beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onion, with a "special sauce" which is actually thousand island dressing, and a sesame seed bun.
The Big Mac was invented in 1967 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania by Jim Delligatti, one of McDonald's franchisees. Customer response around there was so good that it rolled-out nationally in 1968.
According to a famous advertising jingle, it consists of "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun," though the most distinctive feature is a middle layer of bread used to stabilize contents and prevent spillage.
In the United States, the Big Mac has 540 calories (2,340 kJ), 47 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of protein. In Australia, however, the burger is smaller with 480 calories (2,010 kJ), 36.2 grams carbohydrate, but similar amounts of protein with 25.3 grams, while the Mexican burger tops out the scales at 600 calories and 33 grams of fat.
Germany tops the list for the most amount of salt in a Big mac, this of course is mostly in the Mac sauce rather than the burger. This is not surprising to many perhaps due to the fact that German cuisine is noted for it's somewhat high levels of salt usage.
Comparisons of the Big Mac standard nutritional values in different countries
(% = % of recommended daily allowance)
|Country||Calories||Carbohydrate||Protein||Total fat||Dietary fiber||Salt||Serving|
|Brazil||504||41g (14%)||25g (33%)||27g (49%)||3.5g (14%)||1023mg (43%)||?|
|Canada||530||44g (15%)||24g||29g (45%)||3g (12%)||1020mg (43%)||208g|
|South Korea||535||46g (14%)||27g (45%)||29g (57%)||?||750mg (22%)||219g|
|United States||540||45g (15%)||25g (45%)||29g (45%)||3g (12%)||1040mg (43%)||214g|