01 September 2012

Nutrition Facts when you find yourself at McDonald’s



I was out running errands all afternoon, by 2:00p I was hungry and my blood sugar level was crashing.  Begrudgingly, I swung in McDonald’s drive thru on my way home, and ordered their Filet-O-Fish sandwich.   I hoped it was a healthier option than their Cheeseburger.  It was fish after all, right?  Well ... 

The Filet-O-Fish sandwich is 380 calories (25% of those calories from the tartar sauce).  That’s actually higher than their Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and Honey Mustard (chicken) Snack Wrap.  It’s higher than all of the above in total grams of fat (only the Cheeseburger was higher in %DV of saturated fat).  

The fish sandwich (made with pollock) was lowest in sodium, although still high (25% DV) which I guess is expected for a processed food.  The protein value was on par with the Cheeseburger and Snack Wrap, but you can get twice that with a Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Salad.  Their Salad contained half the calories, twice the protein and delivered loads more Vitamin A and C.


Cal
Total fat
Saturated fat
Sodium
Protein
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron
Filet-O-Fish
380
18g
19% DV
610mg
16g
2% DV
0% DV
15% DV
15% DV
Cheeseburger
300
12
28
720
15
6
2
20
15
Grilled Chicken Sand
350
9
9
820
28
4
8
15
20
Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (grilled)
250
8
18
650
16
2
2
10
10
Caesar Salad w/ grilled Chicken
190
5
14
580
27
160
35
20
10

"Food for thought" the next time you are in a rush and need to grab a bite on the go.  Click here for McDonald’s full menu nutrition chart.

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