Tuesday, July 31, 2012


UGH! McDonalds is an official sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics. Not the best message. 

Listed below is the nutritional information of the sponsor as well as a few words from a two time Olympic gold metal winner. 

Food ItemCaloriesCalories from FatTotal Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Cholesterol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carbs (g)
Double Cheeseburger44021023111.580115034
Quarter Pounder®+41017019716573037
Quarter Pounder® with Cheese+51023026121.590119040
Double Quarter Pounder® with Cheese++74038042192.5155138040
Big Mac®54026029101.575104045
Big N’ Tasty®4602202481.57072037
Big N’ Tasty® with Cheese51025028111.58596038
Angus Bacon & Cheese79035039172145207063
Angus Deluxe75035039162135170061
Angus Mushroom & Swiss77036040172135117059
McChicken ®36015016303583040
McRib ®†500240261007098044
Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich42090102070119051
Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich530180203.5050115059
Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich530160176095141052
Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich630250287075136060
Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich470110123080144054
Premium Crispy Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich580200234.5065140062
Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich400150173045103039
Ranch Snack Wrap® (Crispy)340150174.503081033
Ranch Snack Wrap® (Grilled)2709010404583026
Honey Mustard Snack Wrap® (Crispy)330140164.503078034
Honey Mustard Snack Wrap® (Grilled)2608093.504580027
Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap® (Crispy)330140154.503081035
Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap® (Grilled)2608093.504583028
Mac Snack Wrap33017019714569026
Small French Fries230100111.50016029
Medium French Fries380170192.50027048
Large French Fries500220253.50035063
Ketchup Packet15000001103
Salt Packet0000002700
Chicken McNuggets® (4 piece)19010012203040011
Chicken McNuggets® (6 piece)28016017304060016
Chicken McNuggets® (10 piece)460260295070100027
Barbeque Sauce500000026012
Hot Mustard Sauce60202.50052509
Sweet ‘N Sour Sauce500000015012
Chicken Selects® Premium Breast Strips (3 pc)400210243.5050101023
Chicken Selects® Premium Breast Strips (5 pc)660360406085168039
Spicy Buffalo Sauce605061008001
Creamy Ranch Sauce1701601830102702
Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce6020200514010
Southwestern Chipotle Barbeque Sauce600000021015
Garrett Weber-Gale, a swimmer who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Games, writes a blog that often focuses on two of his passions outside the pool, food and cooking. In his most recent post, he devoted what he calls his “Tuesday Tweet of the Week” to those McDonald’s commercials.
The commercials are accurate, Mr. Weber-Gale wrote, in that there are McDonald’s restaurants and that McDonald’s food is available to Olympic athletes. “In my experience, eating in the dining hall at the Beijing Olympics, I’ve seen firsthand that many athletes do in fact eat McDonald’s,” he added.
“Some even eat it right before their events,” Mr. Weber-Gale wrote. “I even know a couple personally (including ones who won medals).”
He, too, ate food from McDonald’s, he wrote, but only “after my Olympic events were over,” as “a rare treat.”
“Most Olympic athletes do not eat at McDonald’s during their competition schedule,” Mr. Weber-Gale wrote. “In fact, many athletes turn their nose up at the thought of it.”
“While training to compete at high levels of sport can and sometimes does include infrequent fast food and junk, generally it does not,” he added.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Mr. Weber-Gale called the commercials “technically correct,” adding, “They’re not specifically saying Olympians are eating it to fuel themselves.”
Still, he said, McDonald’s ought to “exercise some type of social responsibility” given the problems with obesity and overeating in the United States.
McDonald’s is “a big Olympic sponsor” and “gives a lot of money to theUnited States Olympic Committee,” he acknowledged, but “the fact of the matter is, everyone knows McDonald’s is not healthy for you.”
Mr. Weber-Gale, who has a frequent presence on Twitter (G_WeberGale), helped found a company, AthleticFoodie, devoted to encouraging healthier eating. He is probably one of the few Olympic gold medalists to provide recipes on his official Web site (GWGSwims.com), for dishes like smoked turkey whole wheat pizza.Share on twitter
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