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We Counted Superman’s Macros In His Weirdest Meals

There has been some debate in the past about whether Superman actually eats anything, but looking at some of the latest Superman films, we have to assume he’s getting his protein in. And with all of that flying around, you’d think he’d need the calories, right? 

Well, looking back at some of Superman’s archive of adventures, we found some pretty questionable “meals”. So, to celebrate the launch of our brand-new collab with the man himself, let’s dive into what one of the most iconic superheroes has eaten in his time saving the world.

 

One Million Hamburgers

Probably one of the most relatable of Superman’s hunger pangs is his run-in with hamburgers. 

Back in the 70s Action Comics released issue number 454, “Superman’s Energy Crisis”. In this issue, Superman gets so exhausted from saving the world that he urgently needs to stock up on calories. So much so that his only option is to eat one million hamburgers. Yep, one million.  

If we took the macros in an average hamburger (from a well-known fast-food establishment…) and multiplied them by one million, that comes out to a hell of a lot of, well, everything. 

Calories: 264,000,000 

Carbs: 31,000,000g 

Protein: 12,000,000g 

Fat: 9,000,000g 

Fibre: 1,000,000g 

Sugar: 6,000,000g 

 

Dog Biscuits

Back in the ‘60s when Superman was a mere Superboy, Adventure Comics released issue number 310, in which Superboy swaps bodies with his dog Krypto for the day, so naturally, Superboy chows down on some dog biscuits. But how much could these dog biscuits have helped Superboy grow into Superman? Well, turns out it’s pretty hard to tell because the macros of dog food typically aren’t given the same way ours are. 

But what we can say, after quite a bit of dog food research, is that many dog biscuits tend to be around 12% protein, 5% fat and anywhere from 12-20 calories per biscuit. 

So, they don’t sound incredibly effective for Superman style gains. 

 

A Royal Banquet

In issue number 266 of Action Comics, Superman drinks a love potion that sends all of his powers wild. As a result of this, Superman ends up wolfing down an entire “royal banquet”. 

With “a royal banquet” being a little bit vague, we decided to use the macros of another well-known chicken shop’s ‘boneless banquet’ as a guide for what Superman may have consumed. 

So, if Superman did consume a banquet similar to this one, he’d have had (spoiler alert: it’s not ideal if Superman was on a cut). 

Calories: 910 

Carbs: 79g 

Protein: 55.9g 

Fat: 38.9g 

Fibre: 0g 

Sugar: 17g 

 

A Salt Shaker

This one might be even weirder than the dog biscuits? 

In a 1974 comic, as an effort to get rid of his fingerprints on a salt shaker, Superman decides to just eat the whole thing, normal solution, right? 

You can probably guess the macros of a salt shaker (minus the metal), but here they are anyway. 

Of course, fat, protein, carbs and fibre come out at zero in 100g of table salt, along with a lot of sodium and a little bit of calcium and iron. Although there are much better ways of getting these two micronutrients than downing 100g of table salt. 

Sodium: 38,758mg 

Calcium: 24mg 

Iron: 0.33mg

 

Take Home Message

Whilst we can all agree that Superman has a pretty impressive physique, he’s definitely missed the mark on his nutrition a few times, especially back in his early days. Lucky for him we’ve now made him his very own Clear Whey in the thirst-quenching flavour of Acerola Cherry. So, don’t follow Superman’s example in this article, fuel with his Clear Whey and train like a superhero.

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Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.



Monica Green

Monica Green

Writer and expert

Originally from South London, Monica graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy. After discovering a love for the gym whilst studying, Monica was drawn to weight training which helped her hugely through stressful times as a student. From writing for a popular student site, Monica developed her skills as an author, writing trending feature pieces regularly. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for writing with her passion for the gym. In her spare time Monica loves to cook, try out new restaurants with friends and explore new walking trails.


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