Let’s admit it. No one goes to MacDonald’s for a healthy food option. With over 35,000 food stores worldwide and more than 65 million hungry customers frequenting the stores on a daily basis, it’s the world’s largest fast-food chain. Fast food is cheap, delicious and readily available. On the flip side, it’s the biggest source of unhealthy fats and sugars that are responsible for the growing incidences of obesity, overweight and diabetes, all of which contribute to the development of heart disease. So, what are the unhealthiest food items at McDonald’s?
1. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, Biscuit, Sausage, and Scrambled Eggs
The full ingredients include one large biscuit, sausage, scrambled eggs, hotcakes, and hash browns.
This breakfast gives you the daily recommended sodium, fat, sugar, and fat in just one meal. Others like fat even surpass your daily intake. Do this daily and your blood pressure and blood sugar will hit the roof and cause a big dent in your health.
- Calories: 1,350
- Fats: 60 grams
- Saturated fat: 20 grams
- Cholesterol: 575 mg
- Sodium: 2,200 mg
- Protein: 35 g
- Carbs: 155 grams (fiber 6g, sugar 48g
2. Bacon Ranch Salad Buttermilk Crispy Chicken
The word salad usually means eating healthy. However, this is no ordinary salad. You get Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing and Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Filet, which are fat heavy. While this salad may not be exactly unhealthy, it has just more calories and fats than the healthier salads. Here’s what you get:
- Calories: 690
- Sodium: 1650 mg
- Fat: 45 g (11 g saturated fat)
- Protein: 34 g
- Carbs: 39 g (8 g sugar, 5 g fiber)
3. Bacon Smokehouse Buttermilk Crispy Chicken
This food option gives you a fried buttermilk chicken sandwich topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions, and bacon-onion sauce. Loaded with sodium and fat, a single meal exceeds the daily recommended sodium intake.
- Calories: 920
- Fat: 45 grams
- Sodium: 1980 mg
4. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
If you love everything on the double, then McDonald’s have got you covered with this quarter double pounder with cheese. The beef is delicious but that much in one sitting seems too much, considering the fats surpass what you need in a day. Plus, Big Mac sauce? That’s a double calorie you’re getting folks.
- Calories: 770
- Fat: 45 grams (2.5 g trans-fat, 21 g saturated fat)
- Sodium: 1300 mg
- Protein: 51 grams
5. Shamrock Shake
This is a popular seasonal milkshake that’s served around St. Paddy’s Day, in March. It contains vanilla and mint and the sugar load is a whopping 115 grams.
- Calories: 820
- Fat: 23 grams
- Sugar: 115 grams
6. McFlurry with M&M’s
Another sweet treat by McDonald’s. It comes with an ice cream base and a whole load of sugars. According to the FDA, you need a maximum of 50 grams of sugar per day. This sweet ice cream will cause a spike in your blood levels and leave you worn out for the rest of the day.
- Calories: 630
- Fat: 22 grams ( o.5 grams trans fat, 14 grams saturated fat)
- Sodium: 200 mg
- Protein: 13 grams
- Sugar: 86 grams
7. Fries (Large)
French fries are one of the most moving fast foods at McDonald’s. You must admit, they are tasty and can easily tempt you to eat extra servings. A large order has more than 500 calories, and while sugar is zero, the fat content is more than you need.
- Calories: 510
- Fat: 24 grams
- Sodium: 350 mg
- Protein: 7 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
8. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich
There are those days you wake up late and you have a meeting at 8 a.m. and you have to take your kids to school. Then you remember you can drive through McDonald’s and order the bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich. Don’t let the egg fool you. The supersize bagel contains more calories than you need and you’ll feel sluggish the whole day. You might even end up dozing off in the meeting room.
- Calories: 550
- Fat: 25 grams
- Carbs: 54 grams
9. McCafe Frappes
McCafe Frappes are McDonald’s version of coffee only that these are frozen and packed with lots of sugars and calories. Take this for breakfast and you’ll easily get a sugar overload, which translates to a difficult day ahead.
- Calories: 510
- Fat: 21 grams
- Carbs: 72 grams (sugars 55 grams)
Food for Thought
There’s no doubt that McDonald’s is synonymous with unhealthy foods. But this doesn’t mean you can’t find a healthier option with fewer calories, fats, and sugars. Food items like Egg McMuffin and the Baked Apple Pie are better options if you’re looking at lower calorie foods. All in all, it’s advisable to limit your intake of fast foods containing high sugar and fat content. Stick to home-cooked meals whenever you can and only do this occasionally. You’ll be thankful for making the right choice.
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