Yikes! The burger flame wars are intensifying. Did you know about the new burger unveiled by Burger King called the “Double Quarter Pound King”. This mammoth sandwich is made with over 1/2 pound of beef before grilling. It promises to give McDonald’s Double quarter pounder a run for its money. The battle for our money continues. While this sounds mouth-watering, it is a bit concerning when you dive a bit deeper into what goes into it. No need to ask “where’s the beef?” . It’s in there. Check it out and see if it’s worth tempting fate with your health.

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Over half a pound of beef!!! The sandwich has :

  • 2 beef patties
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Onions
  • Pickles
  • Mustard
  • Sesame seed bun

That does indeed sound very delicious. Let’s examine the caloric content of this burger, shall we?

900 Calories

54gm of fat

1740mg og Sodium

50gm of Carbohydrates

11gm of Sugar

56gm of Protein

210mg of Cholesterol

Sounds yummy doesn’t it? For a 2,000 caloric intake per day which is the usual recommended amount for a healthy adult, the recommended daily intake of fat should be between 44-78 grams. This means that just this burger alone eats up more than half of your fat intake as well as almost half of your daily caloric intake. Add this to the fact that most of us rarely have a sandwich by itself, you have to include the sides such as fries or onion rings which raises the intake even higher. Of course you could try and make yourself feel better by having the salad 🙂 , but so you know, even the little salad with dressing packs on another 30 grams of fat and 300 calories. Even better yet you say, have a diet soda to even things out. Yeah 🙂 .

What does this mean for the body? A steady diet of high fat and calories  with no exercise leads to obesity, an ongoing problem with our society. This increases your chance of being a future candidate for heart attacks and angioplasty (surgical repair or unblocking of coronary artery). While this is fast becoming a very common operation in the States, it doesn’t mean that one should aspire for this.

I am by no means perfect. I slip up every now and then with my caloric intake. I very rarely resist a craving for a Kit-Kat or a scoop of ice cream in the summer despite my high blood sugar levels. I think complete deprivation is counter-productive, at least for me. I have had friends who dieted forever, but then once they reach their ideal weight, go right back to the unhealthy habits they had before, resulting in yo-yo dieting. Remember Oprah in those days?

So, should you eat this alluring double quarter pound king burger?

If you’re healthy and desire it, I guess so. If you’re not so healthy and desire it, perhaps a compromise. Share it with someone. You satisfy your craving and hopefully, it disappears. Skip the side though. A better option might be to save yourself the $5.39 cost of the burger. For that, you could get some chicken or turkey and a bag of salad, make yourself a nice healthy plate of food, and maybe still have some pennies left over. Put that in your piggy bank and start your emergency fund. Your wallet and waistline will thank you.

Are you a fast food or health food junkie? Have you tried this new double quarter pound burger?

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