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McDonald Sets Aside Promises of Healthy Menu

by Medindia Content Team on April 27, 2006 at 12:13 PM
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McDonald Sets Aside Promises of Healthy Menu

Food giant McDonald seems to have set aside promises of slimmer portions and healthy meals in its menu for the introduction of a super-size version of the Big Mac, now to be made 40 percent larger than the regular Big Mac.

The super-sized burger, expected to contain at least 690 calories is being introduced as part of a World Cup promotion for the summer. Vigorous advertisements have planned for this on television.

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The Latest Mac has 32 grams of fat, of which 13.82 are saturated fat. This comes to about 70 percent of the saturated fat that is recommended for a woman or child. It also contains 3.15g of salt, which is over half the salt needed by an adult, and three-quarters the limit for a child.

According to McDonald's spokesman who says 'We are not reneging on our earlier decision. This is something, which is a bit different, a bit special, for a short period. This is about offering something we know customers love and want to see.'
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Professor Malcolm Law, of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London, has been one of the staunch lobbyists for the end to super-size portions. He says: 'The introduction of this bigger burger flies in the face of earlier promises to do away with super-size portions.

'It is entirely the wrong message to suggest that a bigger burger is a special treat. A product containing so much fat and salt must have questions about its nutritional quality.'

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