McDonald's Menu — Ranked According to Nutrition — Eat This Not That (2022)

If we said you could eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the McDonald's menu for six months straight and lose weight, no doubt you'd laugh us out of the room.

But that's exactly what John Cisna did back in 2014. The science teacher challenged his students at Iowa's Colo-Nesco High School to think about everything they eat. He showed them that with smart choices and daily exercise, you could turn any establishment into a healthy one while meeting all your nutritional needs. After the McDonald's Diet, Cisna lost 56 pounds in six months. Color us impressed.

In the McDonald's world of clowns and happy meals, much has changed in the time since Cisna's experiment. McNuggets are no longer made with artificial preservatives or flavors, and salads are no longer on the menu. But certain McDonald's choices are still better than others. With that in mind, we're ranking McDonald's menu items based on nutritional content and ingredients.

It wasn't easy. In a normal world, you can pretty much tell which foods are good for you—fish, chicken, and salads—and which aren't. But in McDonaldLand, a chicken sandwich can pack twice as many calories as a double hamburger. To ensure your waistline isn't becoming supersized, see if your fast-food favorite is a Not That! and replace it with one of our Eat This-approved orders.

And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

The Worst Breakfast Menu Items at McDonald's

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Per serving: 430 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,230 mg sodium, 44 g carbs (2 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 17 g protein

This Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddle features more than half a day's allotted sodium and a third of a day's worth of saturated fat—that's as much saturated fat as 104 Funyuns!

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Per serving: 460 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,330 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein

It doesn't matter if it's wrapped between a pancake (like the McGriddles) or a biscuit. The ooey, gooey goodness of a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich isn't the best bet for your belly. (You can thank belly-bloating sodium for that.) The benefit of choosing the biscuit over the McGriddle, however, is that you save yourself from eating an extra 12 grams of sugar—the ingredient lurking in everyday food that's making you fat.

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Per serving: 530 calories, 34 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,140 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein

This sandwich has way too much sodium and almost three-quarters of your daily allowance of saturated fat.

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Per serving: 550 calories, 32 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,290 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (2 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 20 g protein

Did you know that "folded egg" you find in many Mickey D sandwiches isn't made of just egg? In fact, it's a blend of eggs, milk, modified food starch, salt, and citric acid. If that doesn't creep you out, maybe the fact that this sandwich has half your day's worth of fat, saturated fat, and sodium and a third of your recommended intake of added sugars will.

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Per serving: 460 calories, 30 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,050 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 11 g protein

Imagine putting Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Links between a big ol' slab of greasy bread, and holding the whole shebang. That is no way to lose belly fat. At least the sausage McMuffin has more protein than this fat-laden monstrosity.

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Per 3 hotcakes, syrup, sausage, and butter: 770 calories, 33 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 830 mg sodium, 102 g carbs (2 g fiber, 46 g sugar), 15 g protein

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Sugary bread and salty meat? With as many carbs as nearly seven slices of white bread, you probably thought this would be the worst breakfast at McDonald's, but there are even worse meals coming up next.

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Per 3 hotcakes, syrup, and butter: 580 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 550 mg sodium, 101 g carbs (2 g fiber, 45 g sugar), 9 g protein

What's worse than sugary cake and salty meat? Just the sugary cakes. Because without the extra protein, your body has no buffer against the impending sugar crash you're about to have.

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Per biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage & hashbrowns: 760 calories, 48 g fat (18 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,530 mg sodium, 57 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 26 g protein

If you want a sausage, biscuit and egg, get it in sandwich form (and without hash browns) and you'll save 230 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 390 milligrams of sodium.

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Per hotcakes, biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage & hashbrowns: 1,340 calories, 35 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,090 mg sodium, 155 g carbs (6 g fiber, 48 g sugar), 35 g protein

One meal wipes out your entire day's worth of fat, more than a day's worth of saturated fat, and just shy of the entire day's worth of sodium and sugars, all before lunchtime. This is a solid pass.

The Best Breakfast Menu Items at McDonald's

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Per serving: 430 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 990 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (2 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 11 g protein

McGriddles cakes have no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. We were happy to hear it. If you're looking for a little sweet-and-savory combo, this Sausage McGriddle is your best bet.

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Per serving: 320 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 150 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (4 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 6 g protein

"If you feel that you're low on energy and McDonald's is your only bet, try getting the fruit and maple oatmeal—just skip the calorie-laden brown sugar, cream, raisins, and Craisins," says Jim White RD, ACSM HFS, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios. "This will most likely curb your appetite until your next meal because the carbohydrates will take longer to digest than your typical high-sugar donut or pastry."

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Per serving: 400 calories, 26 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 760 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 14 g protein

It sounds boring, but ordering this pick means you start your day with 14 grams of muscle-building, metabolism-churning protein.

"If you are a meat lover, the Sausage McMuffin is for you," Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, previously told Eat This, Not That. "With 400 calories and 14 grams of protein, this can be a filling breakfast—plus it provides 15% of your iron needs."

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Per serving: 480 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 830 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 21 g protein

This order is nearly as good as the traditional McMuffin, but it gets docked for the extra fat and sodium.

"A little high in calories at 480, this is served on an English muffin and can still be a good choice for those who need a hearty breakfast," Goodson said to Eat This, Not That. "The Sausage McMuffin boasts of 30 grams of protein. It's a little higher in fat, so be sure to balance your day accordingly."

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Per serving: 310 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 800 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 13 g protein

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The McDonald's breakfast burrito is made with peppers, onions, eggs, sausage, and cheese, all wrapped in a soft tortilla. It contains 15% of your day's calcium, which is about what you'll find in Greek yogurt (albeit with far more sodium).

"Breakfast taco lovers will be excited that the sausage burrito is a top pick on the McDonald's breakfast menu," Goodson said to Eat This, Not That. "It's calorie-conscious with 310 calories; it has 13 grams of protein and veggies. Paired with apples, this breakfast gets a little of a lot of food groups."

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Per serving: 310 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 770 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein

Yup, the classic. "Not only do I eat guilt-free at McDonald's," says Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND, a Chicago-area registered dietitian and nutrition communications consultant, "[but] I think they get a bad rap all too often." She recommends a staple Eat This, Not That! has approved for years—more so now that the sandwich is made with real butter. "It offers 17 grams of satiety-providing protein," Palumbo says of the Egg McMuffin. "I stick with the whole-egg sandwich because the yolk contains carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals."

Eggs also have choline, a potent flab-fryer, which is why eating eggs is one of our 14 ways to lose your belly in 14 days.

The Worst Main Menu Items at McDonald's

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Per sandwich: 400 calories, 21 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 560 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 14 g protein

Go simple. With that in mind, the McChicken is the best of the worst because it's a breaded boneless chicken blend topped with lettuce and mayo—and that's all. The carb count's high, but for a crispy thrill without fatty fireworks, it's not a McBad option.

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Per sandwich: 380 calories, 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 560 sodium, 38 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 16 g protein

Nutritionally, this fish patty, topped with tartar sauce and cheese, is decent enough. We've just never met someone who's actually eaten one. (Have you?)

Did you know this sandwich is made with a half slice of cheese? (We don't know why.) Instead of this sandwich, pick up fish to cook at home.

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Per burger: 550 calories, 30 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,010 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 25 g protein

In comparison, a Whopper has 660 calories, while a Five Guys Cheeseburger has 980 calories. So a Big Mac isn't the worst fast-food burger out there. That being said, it shouldn't be your go-to.

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Per burger: 520 calories, 26 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 1.5 trans fat), 1,140 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 30 g protein

The best burgers are loaded with vitamin-packed, belly-filling veggies, but this "classic" has none, save for some pickle slices and onions.

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Per sandwich: 600 calories, 29 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 27 g protein

At most fast-food chains, "crispy" is code for "breaded with sugar and fried in fat." This sandwich is proof: With more fat than three slices of Domino's cheese pizza—and as many carbs as five slices of Wonder Bread—it plays chicken with your heart.

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Per burger: 740 calories, 42 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat), 1,360 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 48 g protein

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This sandwich takes a perfectly fine burger and multiplies it by two. There's no reason to eat a half-pound of beef for lunch, unless it's 2004 and you're making a documentary about eating McDonald's.

The Best Main Menu Items at McDonald's

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Per 6-piece serving: 250 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 510 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 14 g protein

Enjoyed plain, these little guys aren't terrible for you (in fact, they rank as one of our best fast-food chicken nuggets), although we wish that fat count were lower. (We also wish McDonald's offered unbreaded chicken strips.) But things can get McNasty when you're asked: "Which sauce?" Go with either the BBQ or Honey Mustard; the absolute worst is Creamy Ranch, with 110 calories and 12 grams of fat. That's more fat than a hamburger from the chain!

"If you are looking for an on-the-go snack with a pop of protein, the four-piece Chicken McNuggets provide you nine grams of protein for only 170 calories," Goodson said to Eat This, Not That. "They contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Adding apple slices makes [this order] the perfect snack."

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Per burger: 300 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 720 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 15 g protein

A cheeseburger is a fine option for the kids (if you take them to McDonald's only occasionally)—but the cheeseburger's tiny, and as an adult, you'll probably want two. Do that, and suddenly you've downed 64 grams of carbs, with none of the veggies for fiber.

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Per burger: 250 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 510 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 12 g protein

"Every so often, when I have a long drive and can't pack food or snacks, McDonald's is where I go," says Toby Amidor, MS, RD. She stands behind the original burger. "l order a kid's meal comprised of a hamburger, small order of fries, a bottle of water, and a Cuties clementine."

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Per burger: 450 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 1,120 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 25 g protein

Most chefs would look at a bare cheeseburger and add tomato, lettuce, or special sauce—maybe even an onion ring or sriracha. Instead, McDonald's doubles up on both the meat and cheese and leaves off the veggies. The result is a meal high in protein but heavy on the sodium count, so be sure to gulp down a glass or two of water.

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Per burger: 400 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 920 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 22 g protein

The McDouble is a steal at a whopping 22 grams of protein for only 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. (You can thank McDonald's for only adding a single slice of cheese for the low-fat content.) This tidy little protein bomb doesn't have as much fiber as we'd like (no toppings, save for some pickles and onions), but it's got fewer calories than the Double Cheeseburger and Double Quarter Pounder with cheese, the two menu items it most closely resembles.

The Worst Desserts & Shakes at McDonald's

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Per sundae: 330 calories, 10 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 180 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (2 g fiber, 45 g sugar), 8 g protein

We have a problem with McDonald's ice cream base, which starts off nutritious (milk, sugar, cream) and ends in a chemistry lab (mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, and carrageenan). The fudge is no better, which, beyond sugar and milk, is made mostly of saturated-fat-laden hydrogenated palm kernel oil. Although this might be a pass, you don't have to give up chocolate when you're on a diet as long as you stick to the best dark chocolate bars.

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Per sundae: 340 calories, 7 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 60 g carbs (0 g fiber, 42 g sugar), 7 g protein

This sundae pours caramel-flavored corn syrup over corn-syrupy ice cream. No, thanks.

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Per small shake: 490 calories, 13 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 220 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (0 g fiber, 55 g sugar), 11 g protein

Don't let nostalgia for these childhood favorites blind you from the cold, smooth facts: McDonald's shakes are blended from reduced-fat vanilla ice cream (made with corn syrup and lots of sugar), shake syrup (main ingredient: corn syrup), and topped with whipped cream and a Maraschino cherry. Shake it off!

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Per regular: 510 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0.5 trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 80 g carbs (1 g fiber, 60 g sugar), 12 g protein

Eat This, Not That! named Oreos as one of the unhealthiest foods on the planet, because in one Connecticut College study, rats found the treat as addictive as cocaine. Crumble Oreos some into some soft-serve ice cream—made with corn syrup—and it's no wonder your kids are fighting on the car ride home.

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Per small shake: 500 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 190 mg sodium, 80 g carbs (0 g fiber, 71 g sugar), 12 g protein

This is another big cup of corn syrup, except with more calories than the vanilla option.

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Per small shake: 530 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 87 g carbs (1 g fiber, 74 g sugar), 12 g protein

The is the worst shake at McDonald's, with the most calories and carbs. In comparison, a small chocolate Frosty at Wendy's has just 350 calories.

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Per regular: 640 calories, 21 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0.5 trans fat), 200 mg sodium, 96 g carbs (2 g fiber, 83 g sugar), 13 g protein

Whipped together, this mix-in dessert will whip you into a sugar-fueled frenzy, with nearly as much sweet stuff as seven McDonald's apple pies.

The Best Desserts & Shakes on the McDonald's Menu

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Per cone: 200 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 80 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (0 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 5 g protein

Don't be fooled by its simple appearance: This traditional dessert isn't just cream and sugar. McDonald's also adds corn syrup, mono and diglycerides (trans fats derivatives), and a duo of gums. That said, it still beats out the other high-calorie, high-sugar offerings from the fast-food joint.

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Per cookie: 170 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 95 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 2 g protein

Simple pleasures, simple math: The chocolate chip cookie only has 170 calories and 15 grams of sugar. In fact, McDonald's cookies are better than these worst supermarket cookies in America.

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Per 240 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 95 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (2 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 2 g protein

With a low sugar count, this classic dessert is the best McDonald's pick, especially because it's topped with an all-natural sugar and cinnamon blend. Just blow on it first!

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Per medium: 320 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (4 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein

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For a side dish, we recommend the apple slices—but if you want a side of fries, go for it once in a while, as long as you pair them with our best burgers and sandwiches for protein. Just don't add salt!

And when you're eating at home instead of at the Golden Arches, don't miss these 52 Life-Changing Kitchen Hacks That'll Make You Enjoy Cooking Again.

FAQs

What is the healthiest thing to eat at McDonald's? ›

The 7 Healthiest Things You Can Eat at McDonald's
  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal.
  • Hamburger.
  • Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad.
  • Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad.
  • Egg McMuffin.
  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait.
21 Nov 2018

What Mcdonalds item has the most protein? ›

The #1 Best McDonald's Main Menu Item Is… the McDouble

The McDouble is a steal at a whopping 22 grams of protein for only 400 calories and 20 grams of fat.

Which is healthier Big Mac or Quarter Pounder? ›

Tip. A McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese weighs in at 540 calories. The Big Mac calorie count is also 540 calories. Both options contain 28 grams of fat and over 40 grams of carbohydrates.

Is the Filet-O-Fish healthy? ›

Aside from the fact that the Filet-O-Fish is probably old (if you don't ask for it made it order), it's also wildly unhealthy. For a small sandwich, it contains a ton of fat, calories, and artificial ingredients (410 calories, 20 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 660 milligrams of salt).

What is the healthiest sandwich at McDonald's? ›

The 10 Healthiest McDonald's Menu Items, According To A Dietitian
  • Best Chicken Order: Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • Best Quick Breakfast: Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait. ...
  • Best Burger: Plain Hamburger. ...
  • Best Breakfast Sandwich: Egg McMuffin. ...
  • Best McCafe Item: Premium Roast Coffee. ...
  • Best Sandwich: Filet-O-Fish.
3 Dec 2019

Is a Whopper or Big Mac healthier? ›

The Big Mac has 550 calories and 29 grams of fat while the Whopper has 630 calories and 35 grams of fat. Since there's no such thing as a blind taste tests between the two signature burgers, it's hard to say which the people like most.

Is McDonald's french fries healthy? ›

What You're Really Eating When You Eat McDonald's French Fries

Is McDonald's healthier than KFC? ›

With a variety of meals, sides, and drink options to choose from, McDonald's knocks KFC off the top with a calorie average per 'Happy Meal' of 381.71 KCALs. Falling 5.04 KCALs behind McDonald's, the fried chicken chain KFC reaches 376.67 KCALS per serving.

Does McDonald's use real eggs? ›

Our breakfast menu items are all made with real eggs—they're just prepared a little differently for each sandwich.

Which is healthier McDonald's chicken nuggets or cheeseburger? ›

Compared to the burger, the chicken nuggets supply about half the calories and not much more than half the cholesterol-raising fat. The chicken nuggets are lower in protein than the burger, because so much of their weight is not chicken, but breading.

What's the best thing to eat at McDonald's? ›

Best McDonald's Menu Items
  • Filet-o-fish.
  • McRib.
  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
  • Baked Apple Pie.
  • Egg McMuffin.
  • Happy Meal.
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
23 Aug 2022

Is McDonald's Quarter Pounder real beef? ›

And most important: the quarter pound of 100% fresh beef that's cooked when you order. That's what makes our Quarter Pounder® with Cheese the hottest and juiciest yet. It's perfect made perfecter. We serve our 100% fresh beef patties on a variety of burgers.

Is a Quarter Pounder with Cheese healthy? ›

According to McDonald's website, a Quarter Pounder with Cheese has 530 calories, 27 grams of fat (13 of which are saturated fat), and 1,090 milligrams of sodium. "To put that in perspective, most dietitians recommend that a woman's lunch or dinner should be around 500 calories," says Upton.

How unhealthy is a Double Quarter Pounder? ›

Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese

A quarter pounder with cheese is caloric enough; doubling that sandwich gives you a half pound of beef and more saturated fat than you need in a day. There's no reason to eat that much beef just at lunchtime.

Is McDonald's chicken sandwich healthy? ›

Calorically, they're fine, and they have about as much protein as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, and far more than a Filet-O-Fish. But McDonald's chicken sandwiches don't offer much else for you health-wise. They have barely any fiber, too much sugar, and no sandwich contains enough vegetables to constitute a serving.

Is mcdonalds fish real fish? ›

In the U.S., Filet-O-Fish sandwiches are made with 100% wild-caught Alaska Pollock that's also always sustainably sourced.

Why does the Filet-O-Fish only have half a slice of cheese? ›

Half a slice of cheese is used in each Filet-O-Fish sandwich, with McDonald's stating the reason as to prevent the cheese from overwhelming the taste.

What kind of fish is McDonald's fish filet? ›

We use wild-caught Alaska Pollock for our Filet-O-Fish® sandwich in the U.S., which is 100% sourced from sustainable fisheries.

Is an egg McMuffin unhealthy? ›

An Egg McMuffin is definitely better than something like a donut, Cording says. “It does provide a good balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates,” she points out. “When you compare it to something sweet and carby like a donut or muffin, you're getting more nutritional value.”

Is Taco Bell healthy for you? ›

Over the past several years, Taco Bell has positioned themselves as one of the best fast food chains for healthy food, making strides to offer customizable options across their menu for their health-conscience customers.

Is BK healthier than McDonalds? ›

Overall, McDonald's is a healthier fast food option than Burger King because it has lower calorie options with less fat and sodium than Burger King.

What is the healthiest fast food? ›

10 Healthiest Fast-Food Menu Items
  • Arby's Roast Chicken Entrée Salad.
  • Panera's Napa Almond Chicken Salad on Country Rustic Sourdough.
  • Chick-Fil-A's Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal.
  • Starbuck's Tomato and Mozzarella Panini.
  • Dunkin's Veggie Egg White Omelet.
28 Dec 2021

Which fast food has healthiest fries? ›

Where To Find The 'Healthiest' Fast Food Fries
  • Chick-Fil-A Waffle Potato Fries. ...
  • Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries. ...
  • Jack In The Box French Fries. ...
  • KFC Seasoned Potato Wedges. ...
  • Sonic Natural Cut Fries. ...
  • Arby's Curly Fries (*Snack Size) ...
  • Burger King French Fries (*Value Size) ...
  • McDonald's World Famous Fries.
15 Aug 2014

What kind of potato does McDonald's use? ›

Our World Famous Fries® are made from quality potatoes, including Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody. The suppliers we work with first peel, cut and blanche the potatoes. They then dry, partially fry and quickly freeze the fries for our restaurants.

Can I have salad instead of fries at mcdonalds? ›

McDonald's will start giving customers the choice of a salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute for french fries in its value meals in a bid to target consumers wanting healthier options.

Is Subway healthier than McDonald's? ›

Overall, Subway is a healthier fast food option than McDonald's due to the lower calorie, carb, fat and sodium content, and the ability to customize your meal.

Is Kentucky Fried Chicken healthy to eat? ›

We consulted a few of our favorite dietitians and asked if there are any healthy KFC menu items. "KFC meal options have high levels of sodium, saturated fat, and calories, which is obviously not good for your health," Clara Lawson, RDN, tells Eat This, Not That!

Are Subway Sandwiches healthy? ›

In general, Subway's meals are low in sugar and a decent source of fiber and protein, however, many are also loaded with fat and sodium. Part of Subway's appeal is that you can customize your meal. Take advantage of this option by choosing healthy toppings and nixing the cheese and full-fat condiments.

What part of the cow does McDonald's use? ›

McDonald's Burgers Contain Cow Eyeballs // FALSE

Many began to theorize that cow eyeballs, among other parts, were used as filler in the patties. As it turns out, the whole cow is not ground up to form the burgers; rather, the company uses meat from the shoulder, chuck, brisket, rib eye, loin and round.

Does McDonald's use real sausage? ›

So there you have it, McDonald's sausages do in fact use pork as their central ingredient. Alongside the pork are plenty of herbs and spices to help elevate its flavor to make it taste exactly how you expect it to.

Where does mcdonalds get its beef? ›

Lopez Foods provides McDonald's U.S. Supply Chain with USDA-inspected beef used to make the patties served in restaurants.

Are nuggets from McDonald's healthy? ›

McDonald's Chicken McNuggets have fat and calories per serving. Chicken nuggets are one of the most unhealthy foods you can consume. To make matters worse, the “chicken” is frequently more fat and filler than flesh, and it's then breaded or battered, and fried Nuggets can also be cooked in hydrogenated oils.

What's healthier McChicken or chicken nuggets? ›

The nutrition of a McNugget looks very different compared to the McChicken Sandwich, which has 400 calories, 21 grams of fat (3.5 grams saturated), 39 grams of carbs, 14 grams of protein, and 5 grams of sugar. Now, we all know that a 4-Piece McNugget isn't a whole lot in terms of having a meal.

How unhealthy are McDonald's chicken nuggets? ›

According to the McDonald's website, six chicken nuggets contain 250 calories, 15 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, and 500 milligrams of sodium. The nuggets also have a long ingredients list including white boneless chicken, vegetable oil, flour, salt, and spices.

What is a number 1 at McDonald's? ›

1. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

What is McDonald's number one selling item? ›

#1: French fries

They've been a staple of McDonald's since its very first menu, and people have been asking for fries with that — or just fries — ever since. And yes, there is a secret ingredient that makes McDonald's fries so addictive.

What has the least amount of calories at McDonald's? ›

1. Hamburger. A plain hamburger at McDonald's contains 250 calories, which means it's one of the lowest-calorie items on the menu. It also contains 12 grams of protein, a macronutrient that can help curb cravings and keep you feeling full between meals ( 1 ).

What is a Big Mac called in France? ›

When McDonald's first expanded their business to France, bringing along their signature “Big Mac” burger, the translation came out Gros Mec, which is French slang for “Big Pimp.” Proctor & Gamble's major diaper product, Pampers, ran into trouble overseas.

What grade beef is McDonald's? ›

McDonald's, the single-largest purchaser of beef, moved up from a F in last year's beef scorecard to a C, given its December 2018 policy that echoes the 2017 WHO guidelines on use of antibiotics in livestock.

What do they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in France? ›

Jackson's Jules Winnfield discuss the fact that in Paris, a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called a "Royale with Cheese."

What burger at Mcdonalds has the most protein? ›

The #1 Best McDonald's Main Menu Item Is… the McDouble

The McDouble is a steal at a whopping 22 grams of protein for only 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. (You can thank McDonald's for only adding a single slice of cheese for the low-fat content.)

What makes McDonald's unhealthy? ›

Their fast foods have excessive sodium, fatty acids, and sugar. According to eHow, you should not consume them regularly. It can cause health complications like obesity, and high blood pressure.

Is a mcdonalds cheeseburger healthy? ›

With just 297 calories, the good old cheeseburger is the healthiest thing at McDonald's. Plus, it packs almost 15 grams of protein, and under 15 grams of fat.

Is the filet o fish healthy? ›

Aside from the fact that the Filet-O-Fish is probably old (if you don't ask for it made it order), it's also wildly unhealthy. For a small sandwich, it contains a ton of fat, calories, and artificial ingredients (410 calories, 20 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 660 milligrams of salt).

Which is healthier Big Mac or Quarter Pounder? ›

Tip. A McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese weighs in at 540 calories. The Big Mac calorie count is also 540 calories. Both options contain 28 grams of fat and over 40 grams of carbohydrates.

What is the healthiest fast food? ›

10 Healthiest Fast-Food Menu Items
  • Arby's Roast Chicken Entrée Salad.
  • Panera's Napa Almond Chicken Salad on Country Rustic Sourdough.
  • Chick-Fil-A's Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal.
  • Starbuck's Tomato and Mozzarella Panini.
  • Dunkin's Veggie Egg White Omelet.
28 Dec 2021

What has the least amount of calories at McDonald's? ›

1. Hamburger. A plain hamburger at McDonald's contains 250 calories, which means it's one of the lowest-calorie items on the menu. It also contains 12 grams of protein, a macronutrient that can help curb cravings and keep you feeling full between meals ( 1 ).

Is mc chicken healthy? ›

I'm sure you are thinking, "wow, so a McChicken definitely fits within my calories. I can have like 3 and be totally fine." While this could be true, the contents of a McChicken are very low quality and do not provide low saturated fat protein, low fiber carbs, and don't have assorted vitamins and minerals.

Which McDonald's sandwich has the most protein? ›

With 21g of protein, the Sausage McMuffin with Egg is the breakfast options with the most protein at McDonald's. While it contains almost 500 calories, if you're looking for the most protein, this is certainly a decent option.

Is McDonald's oatmeal healthy? ›

McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (9.2 ounces) delivers 290 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein. It's made with a combination of instant and slower-cooked oats. Make it a little healthier and skip the brown sugar-you'll save 30 calories and 45 mg of sodium.

Is an Egg McMuffin unhealthy? ›

An Egg McMuffin is definitely better than something like a donut, Cording says. “It does provide a good balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates,” she points out. “When you compare it to something sweet and carby like a donut or muffin, you're getting more nutritional value.”

What is the #1 unhealthiest food in the world? ›

List of the Most Unhealthy Foods in the World
  • Super-Sweet Cereals. Breakfast cereals are commonly loaded with sugar. ...
  • Sugary Coffee Drinks. Many people are accustomed to starting their day with high-calorie coffee drinks. ...
  • Canned Soup. ...
  • Margarine Bars. ...
  • High-Calorie Soda. ...
  • Processed Meats. ...
  • Ice Cream. ...
  • Frozen French Fries.
14 Dec 2018

What food should I eat everyday? ›

Top 15 healthy foods you should be eating
  • Fish. ...
  • Broccoli or any of the cruciferous vegetables. ...
  • Beets. ...
  • Spinach and other leafy green vegetables. ...
  • Kale. ...
  • Peanut butter. ...
  • Almonds. ...
  • Mangos.
5 Apr 2019

Which is healthier Big Mac or McChicken? ›

Important differences between McDonald's Big Mac and McChicken Sandwich. McDonald's Big Mac has more Vitamin B12, and Zinc, however McChicken Sandwich has more Manganese, Polyunsaturated fat, and Monounsaturated Fat. McDonald's Big Mac's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 29% more.

What's the best thing to eat at McDonald's? ›

Best McDonald's Menu Items
  • Filet-o-fish.
  • McRib.
  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
  • Baked Apple Pie.
  • Egg McMuffin.
  • Happy Meal.
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
23 Aug 2022

Is Taco Bell healthy for you? ›

Over the past several years, Taco Bell has positioned themselves as one of the best fast food chains for healthy food, making strides to offer customizable options across their menu for their health-conscience customers.

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