And after half an hour, the Big Mac’s dollop of sodium can have you dehydrated – a feeling which is often mistaken for hunger and leads to yet more cravings. After all, the “generous dollop of sauce” on each burger has over 30 ingredients just by itself, including high fructose corn syrup and soybean oil.
An infographic has set out to show just how much our body suffers in the hour after you eat one of McDonald’s Big Mac burgers, if bought from the US.
Warning: McDonald’s lovers should proceed with caution.
We all know what happens to our bodies when we drink a can of coke or diet coke, or mix alcohol and energy drinks.
“A Big Mac is going to affect blood sugars to some extent but [the fat will slow] down your digestion”. Things start off looking fairly positive in the first 10 minutes of eating one – aside from the sudden surge in blood sugar levels – the junk food activates the reward system in our brain, which releases chemicals like neurotransmitter dopamine that make us feel happier. This process works in a similar way for drugs like cocaine and contributes to the likelihood of compulsive eating. “Both ingredients are addictive and therefore make your body crave more of them”, the report states. “This huge amount of salt can result in dehydration”. The infographic alleges that dehydration might trick you in to thinking you’re still hungry – cue the fries and sundae, anyone?
Too much intake of sodium makes it hard for your kidneys to eliminate salt. This fluid buildup means that your heart must work harder to pump blood.
After 40 Minutes: Craving for More! In 10 minute intervals, consumers are given an insight in to what the burger does to their body – and you might be surprised to what effect the Big Mac has on your ‘temple’. This is because you have lost control over your blood sugar, making you crave even more for fast food.
The first time you consume a high-calorie meal, your insulin response can bring down your glucose levels by making you want to eat more.
The high-fructose corn syrup from the bun is absorbed by the GI tract, causing insulin spikes and even greater hunger pangs. Typically, the body will digest food within 24 to 72 hours. It also claims it can take up to three days for your body to digest it.
It takes approximately 51 days to digest trans fat.
According to the information from fastfoodmenuprice.com, different studies have linked trans fat to heart diseases, obesity, cancer and diabetes.
The graphic concludes with a seemingly more realistic message that if one chooses to consume a Big Mac, to try and “keep it an occasional indulgence”.