McDonald’s–Dissecting Our Nations Favorite Food Ep. 2: What’s in Your Belly?


Dissecting Our Nation’s Favorite Foods
Ep.2: “What’s in Your Belly?”
–A Series–

McDonald’s a nation wide favorite here in America. But do we know what we are putting into our bellies? If you are interested in Ep. 1: Targets of Marketing click the link…if not…continue reading!

 I have collected the Top 8 highest ranking foods, the healthiest and the junkiest, as well as vegan options from McDonald’s and have dissected the nutrition value based on a 2,000 calorie daily value diet. As well as a few fun facts as to what goes into your food. Without further ado…here we go.


Top 8 (Least to Favorite):

1.McGriddles Breakfast Sandwich:


550 cal (26%DV)—32g Fat (49%DV)—45g Carbs (15%DV)—20g Protein

Saturated Fat: 13g (65% DV) —Sodium: 1,290mg (54%DV)

Cholesterol: 220mg (73% DV)—Fiber: 2g(8% DV)

Product Description: Bacon, scrambled egg flap (pre-made- egg “mixture”), american processed cheese, and finally two pancakes.

(Fun Fact: due to the ingredients, it cannot be legally sold as “cheese” hence the name “processed cheese”)

  1. Double Cheeseburger


440 cal (23.5%DV)—22g Fat (34% DV)—34g Cabs (11% DV)—25g Protein

Saturated Fat: 11g (54% DV)—Sodium 1,050mg (44% DV)—25g Protein

Cholesterol: 85mg (28%Dv)—Fiber: 2g (8% DV)

Product Description: (2) ground beef patties, ketchup, mustard, re-hydrated onions, (2) slices dill pickles, (2) slices american processed cheese, and a toasted bun.

(Fun Fact: Americans alone eat roughly 5 billion pounds of beef from McDonald’s a year.  That’s about 5.5 million cows in estimated pounds of beef eaten from McDonald’s alone in the U.S. This is not including waste.)

3.Premium Salad–Chicken


350 cal (21% DV)—11g Fat (18% DV)—27g (9% DV)—37g Protein

Saturated Fat: 4.5g (22% DV)—Sodium: 1070 mg (45%DV)

Cholesterol: 110mg (37% DV)—Fiber: 6g (24% DV)

Product Description: Boneless, skinless chicken breast with rib meat, spices, dried vinegar,
rice starch, clarified butter (separated milk fat), salad blend, tomato, bacon, and shredded
jack and cheddar cheese.

(Fun Fact: “April 10, 2010 was Day One of New York photographer Sally Davies’  “Happy Meal Project,” which documented what happens to fast food if left un-refrigerated under a glass case. Five months into the experiment, the Mickey D’s meal still looked edible while KFC fries bought and stored on the same day were white and furry with mold.”)

  1. McNuggets


440cal (23% DV)—27g Fat (41% DV)—26g Carbs (9% DV)—24g Protein

Saturated Fat: 4.5g (22% DV)—Sodium: 840mg (35% DV)

Cholesterol: 75mg (25% DV)—Fiber: 2g (8% DV)

Ingredients: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil,
Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin,
Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Bleached Wheat Flour,
Yellow Corn Flour, Vegetable Starch (Modified Corn, Wheat, Rice, Pea, Corn), Salt,
Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate,
Calcium Lactate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Spices, Yeast Extract, Lemon Juice Solids,
Dextrose, Natural Flavors.

(Fun Fact: McDonald’s still sources their chicken from mass-market factory farms. If you

don’t know about mass market factory farms…click the link.)

  1. Baked Apple Pie


250cal (13% DV)—11g Fat (16% DV)—35g Carbs (12% DV)—2g Protein

Saturated Fat: 6g (29% DV)—Sodium: 95mg (4% DV)

Cholesterol: 0mg (0%DV)—Fiber: 4g (15% DV)

Ingredients: Apples (Apples, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Citric Acid), Enriched Flour (Bleached
Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid),
Sugar, Palm Oil, Water, Apple Juice Concentrate, Modified Food Starch, Invert Syrup,
Contains 2% or Less: Yeast, Salt, Cinnamon, Sunflower Lecithin, L-Cysteine (Dough
Conditioner), Yeast Extract, Enzyme, Beta-Carotene (Color).

(Fun Fact: The current president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a frequent

customer of McDonald’s.)

  1. Egg McMuffin


300cal (22% DV)—12g Fat (19% DV)—30g Carbs (10% DV)—18g Protein

Saturated Fats: 6g (30% DV)—Sodium: 750mg (31% DV)

Cholesterol: 245 mg (82% DV)—Fiber: 2g (8% DV)

Product Description: griddle-fried egg, american processed cheese, Canadian bacon,
buttered English muffin.

(Fun Fact: The griddle fried egg is made by pouring a pre-made egg mixture into a

plastic or metal shaping ring on the griddle)

  1. Big Mac:


550cal (28% DV)—28g Fat (43% DV)—46g Carbs (15% DV)—28g Protein

Saturated Fat: 10g (50%DV)—Sodium: 940 mg (39% DV)

Cholesterol: 80mg (26% DV)—Dietary Fiber: 3g (12% DV)

Product Description: (2) beef patties, “special sauce” (similar to 1,000 island dressing),
iceberg lettuce, rehydrated onions, pickles, and a sesame seed bun.

(Fun Fact: McDonald’s serves 75 Big Macs a second world-wide)

  1. French Fries (Medium)


340 cal (18% DV)—16g Fat (24% DV)—44g Carbs (15% DV)

Saturated Fat: 2g (11% DV)—Sodium: 230mg (10% DV)

Cholesterol: 0mg (0%DV)—Fiber: 4g (15% DV)

(Fun Fact: McDonald’s fries are NOT vegan. They are marinated in beef broth…giving

them the  McDonald’s recognizable salty taste.)


Big Breakfast with Hotcakes!


1,150cal (55%DV)—45g Fat (75% DV)—53 Carb(18% DV)—25g Protein

Saturated Fat: 18g (90% DV)—Sodium: 1,490mg (62% DV)

Cholesterol: 465mg (155% DV)—Fiber: 3g (13% DV)


Healthiest on the Menu?

The kids side of apples…yep.


The salads..although low in calories (depending on toppings) are some of the highest in sodium content on the entire menu!!!


Now…if you are vegan…and you have to order something off the menu…

Vegan Options:

Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

Basic Side Salas (no cheese) with Balsamic

Kids fruit sides: apples or cuties

Plain coffee, soda, and apple juice

Some locations offer vegan patties (no cheese, no bun)

Some locations have a vegan apple pie bar

Overall Summary:

Everything is packed with sodium, fat, and “unreal” ingredients. Your taste-buds might be tingling but your arteries are screaming.

Nutritionist recommend that if you are a 100% healthy person with no health risks…to eat MAXIMUM at McDonald’s once a month…

The average American is overweight and littered with health risks and over 60% of Americans asked admit they stop buy fast food (40% McDonald’s) 4-6 times a week after work.

Think about what you put into your body. It’s okay to treat yourself…but it’s not okay to kill yourself with food.



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