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The One Menu Item You Should Never Order at McDonald’s

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 15/08/2018 Olivia Tarantino
Mcdonalds burger fries and soda © 8th.creator/Shutterstock Mcdonalds burger fries and soda

When you think about McDonald’s, one of the first things that comes to mind after the Golden Arches or Ronald McDonald is probably the Big Mac. Despite being invented over 10 years after the corporation’s founding, it’s the one menu item that’s most synonymous with the fast food brand, and certainly the most infamous 40 Fast Food Dishes That Defined America. And although it’s most notable for introducing America to “supersizing,” it’s actually not the worst menu item at McDonald’s.

You heard right. The honor of unhealthiest menu item on McDonald’s menu isn’t the Big Mac, and it’s not even a burger. Up until the addition of the Double Bacon Smokehouse Burger in July 2018, it was the only order that topped the 1,000-calorie mark. And even now, it beats out the meat-packed sandwich by 220 calories, or the equivalent of a small order of fries.

So, what is this monstrosity Eat This, Not That! recommends you steer clear from? It’s the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes. Let’s take a closer look at just how bad this order is.

McDonald’s Big Breakfast With Hotcakes, Biscuit, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Hashbrowns, Hotcake Syrup&Butter

1,350 calories, 65 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,100 mg sodium, 155 g carbs (6 g fiber, 48 g sugar), 35 g protein

Despite their new-and-improved menu, this meal is a lingering reminder that the Golden Arches is the infamous chain that invented “supersizing.”

Just a single meal wipes out your entire day’s recommended allowance of fat (for a 2,000-calorie diet), a whopping 126 percent of a single day’s worth of saturated fat, and just a hair shy of what you should consume in a day of blood-pressure-raising sodium and blood-sugar-spiking added sugar.

In other words: eating this Big Breakfast is like eating the…

Fat equivalent of: 2.3 pints of Breyer’s Vanilla ice cream
Saturated fat equivalent of: 6 slices of Domino’s cheese pizza
Sodium equivalent of: 10 bags of Rold Gold Twist Pretzels
Sugar equivalent of: 5 Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts

Sorry, but we’re not lovin’ it.

Luckily, this item isn’t part of McDonald’s all-day breakfast program (so you’re limited to ordering it in the A.M.). So, if you’re looking for a similar variety of flavors in your breakfast, we recommend sticking with our top-ranked healthy breakfast: the Egg McMuffin.

Eat This! Instead: Egg McMuffin

300 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 730 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein

Yup, the classic. It’s a staple Eat This, Not That! has approved for years—and we love it even more now that each morning meal is made with real butter (instead of trans fat-laden margarine) and freshly cracked eggs. We even recommend it over the Egg White Delight because “the whole egg sandwich includes the yolk, which contains carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals,” says Chicago-based dietician Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND. Eggs also boast choline, a potent flab-fryer, which is why eating eggs is one of the 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat!

Mcdonalds big breakfast © Courtesy of McDonald's Mcdonalds big breakfast Egg McMuffin © Courtesy of McDonald's Egg McMuffin

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