McDonald’s Is Adding Two New Big Mac Sizes—Little Macs and Double Big Macs—to Its Menu

This Big Mac is getting a new family.
This Big Mac is getting a new family.
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McDonald’s now has a solution for Goldilockean carnivores long dissatisfied with the one-size-fits-all nature of the Big Mac.

Meet the Little Mac and the Double Big Mac, two new versions of the classic menu item with different dimensions but all the same ingredients you know, love, and sing about: all-beef patties, Special Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. And they're available for a limited time now at certain locations.

The Big Mac gang's all here.McDonald's

If your eyes tend to be bigger than your stomach, you may want to opt for the Little Mac, which is really only little when compared to its father burger. Without the Big Mac’s customary second beef patty and extra layer of bun, the Little Mac is essentially a regular-sized burger.

If you’re so hungry you could eat a bear (or you’re looking for a burger big enough to actually feed one), spring for the Double Big Mac, a Brobdingnagian fast food feat with a whopping total of four beef patties. However, it doesn’t include an additional layer of cheese to maintain the ideal meat-to-dairy ratio—so you could either ask the drive-through attendant for an extra slice, or make use of the Kraft Single you keep in your wallet at all times.

As Food & Wine reports, it’s not the first time McDonald’s has introduced altered burgers into the Big Mac family. Back in 2016, it released both the Mac Jr., a single-layer version with a bigger patty, and the Grand Mac, an all-around larger burger with the same ingredient ratio as the original Big Mac. Since the Little Mac and the Double Big Mac only comprise items that McDonald’s kitchens already keep in stock, it’s likely easier for franchises to accommodate these menu changes.

Before you drive off to enjoy your perfectly-portioned meal, the workers want you to check to make sure they really did get it just right—find out 13 other secrets of McDonald’s employees here.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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What Really Happens When Food Goes Down the 'Wrong Pipe'?

The dreaded 'wrong pipe' calamity can strike at any time.
The dreaded 'wrong pipe' calamity can strike at any time.
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Your average person isn’t expected to be well-versed in the linguistics of human anatomy, which is how we wind up with guns for biceps and noggins for heads. So when swallowing something is followed by throat irritation or coughing, the fleeting bit of discomfort is often described as food “going down the wrong pipe.” But what’s actually happening?

When food is consumed, HuffPost reports, more than 30 muscles activate to facilitate chewing and swallowing. When the food is ready to leave your tongue and head down to your stomach, it’s poised near the ends of two "pipes," the esophagus and the trachea. You want the food to take the esophageal route, which leads to the stomach. Your body knows this, which is why the voice box and epiglottis shift to close off the trachea, the “wrong pipe” of ingestion.

Since we don’t typically hold our breath when we eat, food can occasionally take a wrong turn into the trachea, an unpleasant scenario known as aspiration, which triggers an adrenaline response and provokes coughing and discomfort. Dislodging the food usually eases the sensation, but if it’s enough to become stuck, you have an obstructed airway and can now be officially said to be choking.

The “wrong pipe” can also be a result of eating while tired or otherwise distracted or the result of a mechanical problem owing to illness or injury.

You might also notice that this happens more often with liquids. A sip of water may provoke a coughing attack. That’s because liquids move much more quickly, giving the body less time to react.

In extreme cases, food or liquids headed in the “wrong” direction can wind up in the lungs and cause pneumonia. Fortunately, that’s uncommon, and coughing tends to get the food moving back into the esophagus.

The best way to minimize the chances of getting food stuck is to avoid talking with your mouth full—yes, your parents were right—and thoroughly chew sensible portions.

If you experience repeated bouts of aspiration, it’s possible an underlying swallowing disorder or neurological problem is to blame. An X-ray or other tests can help diagnose the issue.

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