List of nutritional values in a Big Mac by country

Posted in Food and Drink

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
Australia 480 35g (11%) 25.1g 25.5g 891mg 201g
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
Denmark 497 43g 27.1g 24.1g  ?  2300mg 219g
United Kingdom 493 44g 26.7g 22.9g 5.9g 2200mg  219g
Germany 495 44g 27g 25g  3g  2400mg  219g
Greece 490 42.5g 27g 24g 5g 2000mg  219g
France 492 38.9g 26.2g 25.8g 4.2g 900mg  219g
Italy 505 43g 27g 25g 4g  2300mg  219g
Japan 508 42.7g 26.1g 25.8g 2g 864mg 216g
South Korea 535 46g (14%) 27g (45%) 29g (57%)  ? 750mg (22%) 219g
Malaysia 484 46g 26g 23g  ? 730mg 209g
Mexico 600 50g 25g 33g 4g 1050mg 219g
New Zealand 464 33.9g 24g 25.4g  ? 1020mg 195g
Russia 495 40g 27g 25g 3g  2300mg 219g 
Spain 495 40g 27g 25g ? 2300mg 219g
Sweden 495 40g 27g 25g 3g 2300mg  219g
United States 540 45g (15%) 25g (45%) 29g (45%) 3g (12%) 1040mg (43%) 214g

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