There are days, just like today, when I have this sudden craving for the Big Mac burger from the big yellow M, i.e. McDonald’s. And an ice-tea (or coke), along with fries is a must-to-have as soon as I enter through the glass doors! But has any of us ever wondered, why do we suddenly feel this rush, that compels us to order food in quantities, that we would have never had, had the food been from home?
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Here is a timeline of what happens to our body, as soon as we dig into our favourite Mac. (source: Science Alert)
First 10 Minutes
Our brain has given us the signal to take the first bite into the juicy meaty buns, with layers of sauces, and fresh veggies. This first bite is the first taste of blood like for a lion. There is no going back, and only 540 calories worth of future ahead! Feel-good chemicals, like the neurotransmitter dopamine, are released into the brain, and you may catch yourself thinking: “This is a tasty burger.”
The next 20- 30 Minutes
This is the period when we start itching for more. The high levels of fructose corn syrup and sodium inside the bun leave us craving more of the same (and in the long term, this can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease). Then the sodium – some 970 milligrams of it – causes dehydration and starts making the kidneys and heart work faster. Blood pressure rises, and you may well be tempted by a McFlurry or apple pie.
The 40 Minute Mark
The body is used to the grease already, and starts demanding for similar food, that has high sugar or salt content, like a chocolate. The gastrointestinal tract very quickly absorbs the high volume of fructose corn syrup we mentioned earlier, further adding to your hunger pangs.
Digestion during 50-60 minutes
Slow digestion starts in earnest. Food typically takes 24-72 hours to digest, but the grease and trans fat inside a Big Mac means the digestion time for the McDonald’s signature burger can easily go beyond three days.
Thus, try to keep the Big Mac to an occasional business only. This is precisely what leads to obesity and other health problems. This is not just for Big Mac, but all other food joints, that might give you the cravings to eat bucket load of food!