It appears that fast food restaurants need to always one up each other. What started with White Castle in 1916 and their idea for a high quality burger has turned to monstrosities. The latests has been unleashed on the unsuspecting public of Japan: The Burger King Meat Monster.
I really thought I had seen everything with KFC’s Double Down, but this baby takes the cake. It is basically a Whopper (1/4 pound beef patty, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles and onions on a bun) with two slices of “cheese”, 3 strips of bacon, an additional 3.3-oz. beef patty and a chicken patty.
A regular whopper has the nutritional content above. With the add ons, the burger ends up at about 1,200 calories, 69 grams of fat, 13 grams of sugar, 54 grams of carbohydrates and 2.3 grams of sodium. This does not include fries and a drink. Japan is known as a culture of healthy, smaller meals. As of March 2010, the obesity rate in Japan was a mere 3%. In 2009, no US state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15%. The state with the lowest percentage of obesity was Colorado (at 18%) and the highest was Mississippi (34%). 2010 data is not out yet, but surely it will be worse.
It will be interesting to see how the rates change in Japan with the rise in popularity of fast food restaurants and monstrosities such as the “Meat Monster”. I certainly hope that things like this do not take a foot hold in what I consider to be one of the best food cultures around.