You Got to Be Kidding Me!

The Prince of Whales

Posted in Snark by Stacy McMahon on March 1, 2007

I guess that’s my lousy suggestion for Prince Charles’ new nickname after he told this, er, whopper concerning a Big Mac the other day:

On a tour of a diabetes centre, Prince Charles asked a nutritionist: “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That is the key.”

Yeah, now that we’ve solved all other problems in the world, it’s time to ban a hamburger. But wait, there’s more supersized mocking!

Er, no. You see, old chap, if you’re worried about nutrition, it turns out that a Big Mac, according to figures published yesterday, has nothing on one of your own comestibles. A Duchy Originals organic Cornish pasty has 264 calories per 100g, and a Big Mac only 229 calories; a Duchy Originals pasty has 5.5g of saturated fat, a Big Mac just 4.17g.

Any other business owner would know their product well enough to avoid making idiotic public statements about it, but I guess His Royal Highness is too busy for such common concerns. Maybe he’s been using his own product and the arteries to his brain are blocked? Either way, it’s pretty impressive when your food is even less healthy than McDonalds. And coincidentally, I just had a great idea for a documentary. Morgan Spurlock, call your office!


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  1. Clint said, on March 2, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I don’t mean to nitpick, but:

    According to McDonald’s own nutrition page:
    (which I would think would be skewed to be lower-than-reality, not higher)

    Big Mac:

    540 calories.
    10g saturated fat.
    29g total fat.

    Where’d you get those stats?

  2. Clint said, on March 2, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Where’d my comment go?

  3. Clint said, on March 2, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    My comment seems to have disappeared.

    big mac: 540 calories. 29g fat. 10g saturated fat. 214 grams.

    Your stats at least SEEM to be wrong

  4. Stacy said, on March 2, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Was it on this post? I’ve only seen an email for this comment…

    Edit: They got marked as spam somehow, which is even stranger since your last one, which came after the others, didn’t.

  5. Stacy McMahon said, on March 2, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    RE the stats, I didn’t doublecheck them before quoting that op-ed, but USA Today has a chart comparing the nutritional values of the big fast food chains. They say a Big Mac has 590 calories and weighs 216 grams, which would work out to ~270 calories per 100 grams, a little more than the original article says (but the content and weight can vary.)

    I can’t figure out where he got his numbers (but not wikipedia) but it does appear he’s overstating the case. Good catch!

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