Second Update: astute commenters have pointed out that the error is largely mine, as I didn’t notice the “per 100 grams” notation on the graphic. Mea culpa.
Prince Charles was in the news yesterday after saying that banning Big Macs is the key to encouraging healthy eating. He said this while touring the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi, where he was launching their Health Awareness Campaign.
The English newspaper The Evening Standard has a follow-up story today on their Web site spin-off, This is London, in which they claim the Cornish Pasty from the Prince’s own brand of snack, Duchy Originals, has more calories, fat, sugar, and salt than a Big Mac.
Unfotunately for The Evening Standard – and anyone foolish enough to believe them – the report (and the accompanying graphic) is totally false. (Actually, not totally; the Cornish Pasty has slightly more salt.)
All it takes is a trip over to the nutritional information page of McDonald’s Web site to see that the Big Mac numbers reported by This is London are way, way off.
Below is the graphic from This is London, modified by me to show the actual numbers from McDonalds:
I could understand a small margin of error, but this is inexcusable!
Update: I should have mentioned that I cannot find reliable nutritional information on Duchy Originals. Some Web sites imply they too have higher calorie and fat counts than are indicated here, but I can’t find any concrete numbers.