Eating Healthy At: McDonalds

In my EVA article about Mcdonalds, I gave it a poor review due to a lack of veggie options. So let us see if it can recover from that by offering some more healthier food options. I personally don’t think that many really healthy food options will be available though, due to salt and other issues.

All burgers, especially those with bacon or cheese is a no-no due to saturated fats among other issues such as beef and pork being linked to colorectal cancer by the WHO. so in order to find anything healthy we must remove those items off the list, and what we have left, separated categorically by caloric content, is:

Under 400 Calories

  • Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (Not crispy, as fried chicken is not healthy)
  • Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Under 300 Calories

  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
  • Fruit Maple Oatmeal

Under 100 Calories

  • Side Salad (try for vinaigrette dressing instead of ranch or Caesar, or simply not use as much)
  • Apple Slices
  • Cuties (Tiny oranges)

And to wash it all down there are only a few different options to choose from, of which there is:

  • Diet Coke
  • 1% Milk
  • Coffee (plain, with few creams/sugar, or substitute with calorie-free sweeteners)

So in terms of food there are quite a few options for those that are health conscious. Although I would still be careful, as they are often really full of salt, such as the Grilled Chicken Sandwich has a whopping 960 mg of Sodium. So these foods are healthier than most, but if you have a chance, I’d just recommend baking skinless boneless chicken breast in the oven.

The side salad costs about the same price as the cheeseburger, and is comparable in terms of size. The oatmeal and the Parfait are also cheap, so I don’t want to hear the tired excuse of “7 dollar salads vs 1 dollar burger” that constantly sweep the nations excuse-record for why obesity is rising.

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