No doubt, McDonald’s has a menu filled with wonderful food however more than a few of them will lay waste to any changes a person’s diet was making. Below is a list of some of these foods as well as some diet friendly options on the outlet’s menu:
1. Southwest buttermilk crispy chicken salad
Some think they’re being cautious by skipping the double quarter pounder and opting for a chicken salad but that’s not being cautious enough. McDonald’s Southwest buttermilk crispy chicken salad may look innocent but it packs 520 calories, 25 grams of fat and 46 grams of carbs! To reduce the fat, choose grilled chicken instead of crispy. The southwest grilled chicken salad has about 350 calories, 11 grams of fat, and only 27 grams of carbs.
Soda is basically calories and sugar. A small Coke on the McDonald’s menu has 150 calories and 42 grams of carbs. The sweet tea is a slightly better option because it only contains 90 calories and 21 grams of carbs. If you want to avoid any major damage choose cold water or unsweetened iced tea instead.
3. Shamrock Shake
This can be downright irresistible. However, it is best to avoid it. One 16-ounce shake contains 550 calories, 13 grams of fat and a whopping 82 grams of sugar, which according to Mary Hartley, a registered dietitian, is « like eating around six slices of bread all at once. »
The regular menu shakes in McDonald’s range in calories from 490 in the small vanilla shake all the way to 530 in the small chocolate shake. Most of the shakes are all high in sugar too with Vanilla being the « low sugar » option since it comes at only 59 grams which is twice the average daily limit.
5. McCafe Frappes
The McCafe frappes (frozen coffee drinks) contain a lot of sugar and calories as with the other McCafe drinks. One medium caramel McCafe frappe has 510 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 72 grams of carbs, all big figures for a simple morning coffee.
6. Hotcakes and Sausages
One order of this meal contains 790 calories, 35 grams of fat, and 103 grams of carbs. It combines sugar-laden bread with sodium-heavy meat which greatly affects your weight and heart condition. The numbers above factor in the whipped margarine and syrup, however know that they increase for every extra packet you add.
Where does this leave you? With a choice. Be conscious of all you consume at McDonald’s when you have to go there and make adjustments in your diet to make up for the sin of eating what you like there.