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24 March 2013

Burning the Sweets

This is simply a follow up from the same data that was taken at McDonald. This time, it's a list of their desserts. For the dessert lovers, particularly Malaysian, here's a table of that nutrition information, highlighted with colour which indicates the amount per serving in ascending order where red is least favourable.

Similar to the previous analysis, the time it takes to burn the calories are separated to male and female due to the different metabolizing rate between the sexes. The rate of "energy burning" was based on general urban Malaysian census based on a 2002 obesity research conducted by the National University of Malaysia (UKM).


The table speaks  for itself. So again, obviously, we see the food with most energy, i.e. Chocolate flavoured Cornetto McFlurry (and sundae) takes the longest hours (Hr) to burn. However, it is not the heaviest in serving size compared to other desserts and it packs a whopping 52 grams of sugar! That is more than 10 packs of sugar sachets (the ones we were provided to add in our cup of coffee/tea) per serving.

In this table, it would be useful to calculate the mass percentage of sugar. (i.e. the ratio of sugar with the mass of the product itself) In this representation of data, we see that apple pie has the least sugar by its weight; in the exchange for fats. As expected from a dessert coming out from its oily bath. 

Curiously, both chocolate flavoured Cornetto Sundae and Cornetto McFlurry shares identical data provided in that sheet of paper on the serving tray. I wonder if this is a "statistical" coincidence or maybe they couldn't care less to double check their list which they claim as labour of commitment to promote 'Balanced, Active Lifestyles'. 

Leave one ponders, doesn't it?

The author of this post is not a nutritionist, neither he had any training whatsoever in clinical nutrition. The reader must strictly refer to a professional nutritionist for consultation if clarifications are needed on dietary information provided by the mentioned establishment. This article only serves as a casual reference and its accuracy might be subjected to errors due to factors the author is not aware of.

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