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Arutz 2 Food Report: What is in your hamburger?

Continuing in the series of food reports, Arutz 2 takes us to the burger joint to find out what they can about that meat we eat.

You can watch the clip here (Hebrew).

Why should you eat hamburger?  Despite the fact that it is not a diet food, hamburger has a significant amount of protein and iron.  It can also have trans fat, which can build up in your arteries and eventually block them.

All tests were performed at the Israeli Standards Institute laboratory.


As you can see, there is a wide range in prices and sizes- McDonald’s is the cheapest and Coffee Bar in Tel Aviv is the most expensive.

ההמבורגרים שנבדקו


Agadir shrinks the least and Burgerim shrinks the most.  How do they know it shrank?  Because the weight listed on the menu is the weight BEFORE the burger is cooked!

אחוז הכיווץ

Trans fat

This was somewhat surprising.  McDonald’s Big New York had the highest amount of trans fat, and the amount found is higher than is written on the nutrition label.   McDonald’s response?  The nutrition information is calculated with the bun and hamburger together.  The bun has no trans fat, so the percentage decreases.

השומן הרווי בהמבורגרים שנבדקו


The higher the protein, the more meat in your burger.  McDonald’s came out the winner.  Of course, it make sense for McDonald’s to have the highest fat together with the highest protein if it has the most meat.

החלבון בהמבורגרים שנבדקו


In general, the amount of salt is determined by the kashrut status of the food.  Burgerim and Black burgers were kosher; the others were not.

המלח בקציצה


The calorie count was relatively similar.  Agadir, Black and McDonald’s were 200/225 grams, Burgerim was 240 grams and Coffee Bar was 300 grams.

כמות הקלוריות בהמבורגרים שנבדקו


Home made food versus supermarket food

Arutz 2 continues investigating Israeli food, and this time they focus on nutrition.

You can watch the video here.

To summarize their main points:

  • Most people buy yogurt for the protein and low fat.  However, if you check the nutritional information, even the “lightly sweetened’ yogurts have 4-5 times more carbohydrates than protein.
  • Hummus in the supermarket has preservatives and other chemicals plus a considerable amount of fat.  Look for ingredients such as vegetable oil and stay away.  Fresh hummus is relatively low in fat.
  • It is hard to tell what the chemicals are that are in your food because they are listed with an E number. [here is a link to a list of E numbers]
  • Be careful when purchasing processed meats and spice mixes, which are extremely high in salt content.
  • They took some of the most popular sandwiches that kids take to school and left them in a backpack in a laboratory for 6 hours.  They were still safe to eat!
  • Cereal may be the only source of fiber for your children, so make sure it has as much as possible.  Don’t rely on it for vitamins and minerals, though- get them naturally from fruits and vegetables.

The moral of this story?  Eat as much home-cooked food as you can. Yogurt and hummus are easy to make and much healthier than their store-bought versions.


What is in the eggs you eat?

It seems that the Israeli media can’t get enough of exposes lately, especially in the food department.

This week it is Channel 2  who is talking about food.  Yesterday they did an expose on surprisingly unpleasant things that end up in your eggs- carcinogenic cleaning products, antibiotics meant for broiler chickens (“petem”), and more.

You can watch the video here.(Hebrew)

For those who didn’t understand the Hebrew, here are some of the things they found:

  • piles of poultry “litter” (waste) so high they reach the eggs
  • dispensing of forbidden antibiotics to poultry owners without a prescription by a veterinarian
  • dispensing of a sanitiser by a veterinarian that is forbidden to be used in, on or near animals because it is carcinogenic
  • discrepancy in withdrawal times for antibiotics between Israel and other countries (withdrawal times are the time an animal has to wait before it can be slaughtered so there will be no residue in the food- a shorter time means more residues)
  • violations of antibiotic residue in poultry and eggs
  • the mounds of poultry litter described above are fed to cattle- something that is permitted in the US but not in Europe [note: it is not fed to animals that are part of the direct food chain].
  • These practices are known to Misrad HaHaklaut but nothing has been done to stop it, despite complaints from veterinarians.

Misrad HaHaklaut’s response?  “This is a very serious issue and will be dealt with.  We have new guidance documents that address this issue and will increase the level of supervision in these areas.  Poultry litter is treated to destroy pathogens before being fed to cattle.”

How do you feel about this article? If you have something to say to Misrad HaHaklaut on this matter, you can write to them here.  Don’t be afraid to write in English.  If you are really angry (or you don’t think you will get a proper response from Misrad HaHaklaut), you can write to the Ombudsman- Mevaker HaMedina and they will follow through with your complaint.  You can write to them in English here or in Hebrew here.  These forms are for all complaints, by the way.


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