This article’s intent is not to slur or praise McDonalds food but just to state McDonalds nutrition information of certain products. Nutrition is defined as the process in which plants and animals consume and utilize food material as well as an understanding of the composition of food and its various nutrients in maintaining health.
This article will focus on McDonalds nutrition information for humans. The information compiled is from McDonalds itself so if some foods sound good or bad you must consider that this comes from McDonalds themselves. The format of the data provided from McDonalds is serving size, total calories, calories from fat, total fat, % daily value of calories, saturated fat, % daily value of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron.
Of particular interest is saturated and trans fats which increase LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. In addition, trans fats lower HDL (good) cholesterol and are not essential providing no known health benefit for humans. If not for the fact that trans fats occur naturally in some food sources, such as meats, it would be recommended to not consume trans fats at all. Trans fats are used as an inexpensive substitute for butter and lard. Saturated fats have an average human daily consumption limit of 20 grams for 2000 calorie diets. 2000 calorie daily diets are average, smaller people should eat less and larger people should eat more.
Protein consumption to maintain current muscle mass should be approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of total weight. To increase muscle mass, you should increase protein consumption and perform muscle building exercises. Carbohydrate consumption should be approximately 300 grams per day and not avoided totally. Carbohydrates are used to transport protein to the muscles for muscle development and maintenance. Without adequate carbohydrates, protein is processed and used as the carbohydrate transport mechanism requiring vital organs to work harder to process the proteins for this purpose.
The McDonald foods with the most saturated fat are:
Big Breakfast with hot cakes (large size biscuit)
Calories: 1,150 from Fat: 540 (60% of daily value of calories)
Fat: 60 grams (93% of daily value) Saturated fat: 20 grams (100% of daily value)
Cholesterol: 575 mg (192% daily value) Sodium: 2260 mg (94% of daily value)
Carbohydrates: 116 grams (39% of daily value)
Fiber: 7 grams (28% of daily value)
Sugar: 17 grams
Protein: 36 grams
Big Breakfast with hot cakes (regular size biscuit) and Big Breakfast (large and regular size biscuits) all have similar statistics with a reduction in calories, 1090, 800 and 740 calories respectively. The Saturated fat content is 19, 18 and 17 grams respectively.
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