10 Unhealthiest Menu Items at McDonald’s

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It’s no surprise that McDonald’s serves up some very unhealthy eats. But, some items on the menu are worse than others. With that said, here are 10 of the most unhealthy menu items at McDonald’s.

10. Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this is one breakfast you’ll definitely want to skip. That’s because McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hotcakes platter has a whopping 1,350 calories, 65 grams of fat, 2,100 milligrams of sodium, and 48 grams of sugar.

After that, when you factor in the calories, fat, sodium, and sugar from the margarine, syrup, jelly, your beverage, and other add-ons, you’ll quickly surpass your Recommended Dietary Allowance for nutrient intake.

9. Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich

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You’d think that a chicken sandwich would be a healthier option. The Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich would be if it weren’t for the fact that it’s made with fattening buttermilk and topped with a big scoop of mayonnaise.

This sandwich has 620 calories, 29 grams of fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,030 milligrams of sodium, and 63 grams of carbs.

FUN FACT: McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich has more fat than three slices of Domino’s cheese pizza and more sugar than a glazed Krispy Kreme donut.

8. French Fries

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McDonald’s fries have to be the most popular item on their menu. After all, they are world-famous and absolutely delicious. But, as you know, most food that tastes that delicious is unlikely to be healthy.

A large order of fries has 510 calories, 24 grams of fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 350 milligrams of sodium and 66 grams of carbs (6 g fiber, 0 g sugar).

If any of you who were thinking these crispy potatoes are vegetarian- or vegan-friendly had better think again. They would be if these fries were made with potatoes, oil and salt only. But, McDonald’s fries are also made with natural beef flavor. Now you know why they taste so good!

7. McFlurry with M&M’s

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When it comes to added sugars, McDonald’s McFlurry with M&M’s is the worst item on the dessert menu. It has 630 calories, 22 grams of fat, and a whopping 86 grams of sugar. In fact, it has almost as much sugar as seven McDonald’s apple pies! That’s far more than the FDA’s recommended 50 grams or less of added sugar per day.

TIP: Opt for the baked apple pie instead. It only has 240 calories, 11 grams of fat (6 g saturated), 95 milligrams of sodium and 35 grams of carbs (4 g fiber, 16 g sugar).

6. Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad

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Salads are always healthy, right? Wrong! Yes, this menu item has the word “salad” in its title, but it also has 520 calories, 25 grams of fat and 46 grams of carbs, making it the worst salad on the menu. Fortunately, there is a way you can make this salad a bit healthier: order it with grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken.

The grilled version of this salad has just 350 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 27 grams of carbs. It’s also full of lots of healthy leafy greens and topped with healthy veggies like poblano peppers and oven-roasted tomatoes.

5. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese

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It should come as no surprise that a fast-food burger is unhealthy. When you add an extra patty and extra cheese, the calories and fat quickly add up.

In fact, the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese has 780 calories, 45 grams of fat (21 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat), 1,310 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbs (3 g fiber, 10 g sugar) and a half-pound of beef, weighing in at 4.25 ounces per patty before cooking it.

If you’re really craving a burger, a better option is to order the regular quarter pounder. Or, better yet, order a regular cheeseburger.

4. Milkshakes

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Did you know that a small chocolate milkshake at McDonald’s has 530 calories, 15 grams of fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 260 milligrams of sodium, and 87 grams of carbs (1 g fiber, 74 g sugar)?

To put that into perspective, the small chocolate milkshake has more calories than a double cheeseburger and as much sugar as seven glazed Krispy Kreme donuts! And, if you order a large shake, you’ll be gulping down 840 calories and 122 grams of sugar!

But, it’s not just the traditional shakes you have to beware of. A 16-ounce shamrock shake has 550 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 82 grams of sugar. It’s “like eating around six slices of bread all at once,” Mary Hartley, a registered dietitian, told Shape magazine.

Make a healthier version of a McDonald’s milkshake with this portable blender available on All Time Lists Shop!

3. Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

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McDonald’s Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit has half a day’s worth of fat (31 grams — 16 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 40 grams of carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), and a ton of sodium (1,470 mg). It has so much sodium, in fact, that it comes in second to the Bacon Ranch Salad with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, which has 1,480 milligrams of sodium.

TIP: Order the Egg McMuffin instead. It has 300 calories, 12 grams of fat (6 g saturated fat), 760 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), and 17 grams of protein.

2. Soda


Unless you’re going to order a diet soda, this is one purchase you’ll want to skip. Soda has no nutritional value at all. In fact, it’s just calories and sugar. A small Coke, for example, has 150 calories and 42 grams of carbs, much of which comes from sugar.

A better option is to order a sweet tea instead. It has 90 calories and 21 grams of carbs. However, your best bet is to order either unsweetened ice tea, which you can add artificial sweeteners to or drink plain, or order a cup of water.

1. Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches

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McDonald’s sausage breakfast sandwiches are quite tasty — but they’re also quite unhealthy. A sausage biscuit with egg, for example, has 530 calories, 34 grams of fat — a lot of which is saturated fat, and 38 grams of carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar).

According to an article published by Mashed.com, it’s the equivalent of four sausage links sandwiched between greasy, processed bread.

TIP: If you’re craving a breakfast sandwich with meat on it, opt for the Egg White Delight McMuffin. It has 260 calories, 8 grams of fat and is made with freshly grilled egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon, American cheese and a toasted English muffin.

Now that you know what to avoid at McDonald’s, here are ten of the healthiest items on the menu at McDonald’s.