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.
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. We 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 the slideshow to see how these global Big Macs stack up against one another!
-Emily Rothkrug, The Daily Meal
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French McDonald’s gets 52 percent of their beef from France, and the remaining from the Netherlands and Ireland. It has 510 calories, which is 40 calories less than that of an American Big Mac. It contains 27 grams of protein, 41 carbohydrates, 26 grams of fat, and costs around $4.66 (€3.62). Click Here to see more Big Macs Around the World Photo Credit: © Flickr/Simone Ramella
Israeli McDonald’s is one of the most interesting in that it abides by kosher laws and practices. In keeping with these traditions, the Israeli Big Mac does not have cheese and is made with kosher meat. That could explain why there are fewer calories in his burger, with only 379 as opposed to that of the United States, which has 550. Despite these differences, it is ultimately not that different in cost, ringing up at $4.80 (17.50 shekels). Photo Credit: © Flickr/Megiddo
A Brazilian Big Mac costs slightly more than one in the U.S., coming in at $5.28 (12 real), but is also almost 55 calories less than the American burger with only 494 calories. It has 40 carbohydrates, 25 grams of protein, and 817 milligrams of sodium. Their website advertises a 15 percent reduction in the use of sodium in the sandwich, which would explain why the number is 153 milligrams less than that of an American Big Mac. Additionally, the McDonald’s Brazil website advertises that their beef comes from Argentina. Photo Credit: © Flickr/David Holt London
A Swedish Big Mac, one of the more expensive options, has 505 calories, 36 grams of protein, 42 carbohydrates, and 36 grams of fat. The source of their beef is unknown and Sweden ranks high on the Big Mac Index, coming in at $6.16 (41.61 SKr), which is $1.60 more than in the United States. Photo Credit: © Flickr/håkan dahlström
Norway’s Big Mac is the most expensive on the Big Mac Index as of July 2013, coming in at a shocking $7.51 (46 NOKK), which is $2.95 more than its United States counterpart! It is made up of 100 percent Norwegian beef, processed Cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and a sesame seed bun. It has 510 calories, which is 40 calories less than an American Big Mac, which makes for a surprising amount of disparity between two of the "same" product. Click Here to see more Big Macs Around the World Photo Credit: © Flickr/David Lewis
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