There are just some places that are a little nostalgic. Maybe a certain place holds a fond memory or feeling when you think about it. McDonald’s is like that for many people. It was the fast food choice for many people growing up, and still is today. However, as you mature you figure out that maybe those feelings of nostalgia are not enough to fill your belly these days.
The American healthy eating train got derailed years ago and now is
making an effort to get back on track. McDonald’s, and places like
that, have been huge culprits in providing poor nutritional choices to
patrons. Yes, they have tried to modify some recipes, take others off
of the menu and give more “healthy” choices, but when you look at the
McDonalds nutrition facts, the numbers just do not add up to a healthy
The FDA has recommendations on how much of certain items should be in your daily diet. For a 2000 calorie diet per day they recommend you get no more than total fat of 65 grams, 20 grams of saturated fat, 300 cholesterol milligrams and sodium of 2,400 milligrams. You should get at least 25 g of dietary fiber, 50 grams of protein, and 300 grams of carbohydrates. Let’s see how these numbers compare to some of the McDonalds nutrition facts.
If you choose to order an Angus Bacon Cheeseburger you will be consuming 39 grams of fat, 68 grams of carbs and 2,230 milligrams of sodium. This would use up half of your allotment of fat and almost all of your total allowed sodium for the day, but that is only in one sandwich. If you choose to add a large fry to that, then add on 500 calories, 25 grams of fat, 63 grams of carbs and 350 milligrams of sodium. This is not including your drink yet either. This is only one meal of your day.
Yes, there are some better options at McDonalds then the choices above;
however, if you look over the ingredients in the foods you will find a
long list of additives, preservatives, and chemicals that really have no
business being ingested. Recently there have been articles published
and videos released of the types of ingredients that go into McDonald’s
food and some of them do not resemble food at all.
We wonder why
so many in America are overweight, having health issues, are being
diagnosed with allergies and food intolerances. It doesn’t take long to
look at the types of food being sold to realize that our bodies are
rejecting the foods we are eating. The McDonalds nutrition facts speak
for themselves. The reality is that most people are so busy to take
time to read what they are putting in their mouths.
It is important to take time to look at the ingredients in your food and consider what it is doing to your body and health. The fast food chains are not going to do that for us, even though they claim to be making healthy changes. We need to become educated consumers and make good choices in our foods.