Have you ever walked into McDonalds and thought “Hmmm, what’s the healthy choice here?” Okay, unrealistic. Scrap that. Have you ever found yourself in need of dinner at an usual hour, like 8pm on a Sunday night when the only thing open is McDonalds, and tried to find a healthy alternative? I did, and using the plethora of dietary knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years, I though that a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad would be a healthier option. Well think again. Now that I’m on this whole calorie counting thing, I’ve been checking the nutritional information for various fast food places, starting with McDs. And using information from McDs themselves, I’ve come to the following conclusion: There is no healthy choice at McDonalds.
See exhibit A:
- Quarter Pounder with Cheese — 510 calories
- Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich — 420 calories
- Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken — 320 calories
Bear in mind that the grilled chicken sandwich is tasteless and that, sure, the salad sounds like a good deal (comparatively), but as soon as you put a dressing on it you add another hundred calories.
And even if you did go for the salad with dressing, wouldn’t you much rather have a quarter chicken from Nandos, which works out to the same number of calories?
There may be a healthier choice, but not a healthy one. But that dude from Supersize Me probably covered all these points already.
Trawling the nutritional information sites of various fast food vendors can be depressing. Eventually you start thinking about the trade off’s you would make. For example, would you trade in the Cheeseburger for the salad if you knew that you could add a Bavarian Kreme Dunkin Donut without altering your caloric intake by much? Or skip the salad entirely in favor of three and a half cups of caramel crisp popcorn from Garrett’s? Or trade the salad for a half of a (large) bowl of thai curry with jasmine rice at Wow Bao?
It boggles the mind. Maybe you just want to forget about the calorie counting altogether. 😦