I personally am not an avid McDonald’s consumer, however I do know a fair amount of persons who eat at this fast food chain on a weekly basis. I wanted to conduct some research regarding the worst options available on their menu, and the following information is derived from foxnews.com and thedailymeal.com:
(1) Big Breakfast with Hotcakes and a Large Biscuit: 1150 calories, 60 grams of fat, 2260 milligrams of sodium
(2) 10 Piece Mighty Wings: 960 calories, 63 grams of fat, 2900 milligrams of sodium
(3) 10 oz. McFlurry with M&Ms: 930 calories, 33 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium
(4) 22 oz. Strawberry McCafe Shake: 850 calories, 24 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium
(5) 22 oz. Vanilla McCafe Shake/ Shamrock Shake: 820 calories, 23 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium
(8) Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese: 750 calories, 43 grams of fat, 1280 milligrams of sodium
It is rather apparent from the information above that these particular McDonald’s menu items are not exactly nutritious. If the fat content of these selections fails to be enough to send you running in the opposite direction, consider examining the amount of sodium in some of these foods. Daily sodium consumption should be restricted to 2300 milligrams per day for adults, meaning the Big Breakfast or the 10 piece mighty wings meal exceed the recommended daily intake in one single meal.
Eating McDonald’s does not have to be an artery-clogging affair. Consider experimenting with their grilled chicken sandwich or even a small fry and save yourself a sodium overload by doing so. Try to drink water when eating at fast food chains to refrain from consuming excess calories and a surplus in sugar, and keep in mind that just because a menu item seems or sounds healthy does not mean it is. Sodium and sugars tend to hide in unexpected foods, so be sure to do some research and learn what options are best for you personally.