I recently returned from lecturing in Buenos Aires on portion sizes and, of course, I could not resist visiting a local McDonald’s. While Argentina does not require calorie posting, after asking several employees, I was able to get the nutrition information. Overall, their portions are large like ours, but there are some differences. To summarize: the burgers are pretty close, but Argentina’s Angus burger is larger and contains more calories. U.S. portions of French fries are bigger and contain more calories than those in Argentina, and the sodas are pretty comparable, except that Argentina doesn’t offer the kiddie size.
For kicks, below is a comparison.
FOOD U.S. ARGENTINA
Hamburger 3.5 oz, 250 calories 3.3 oz, 244 calories
Big Mac 7.5 oz, 540 calories 7.1 oz, 495 calories
Double Quarter pounder
with cheese 9.8 oz, 740 calories 9.3 oz, 764 calories
with bacon and cheese 10.2 oz, 790 calories 12.7 oz, 951 calories
Small 2.5 oz, 230 calories 2.5 oz, 211 calories
Medium 4.1 oz 380 calories 3.6 oz, 299 calories
Large 5.4 oz, 500 calories 5.1 oz, 422 calories
Kiddie 110 calories —-
Small 150 calories 156 calories
Medium 210 calories 209 calories
Large 310 calories 312 calories