Eat This, Not That: McDonald's burgers

| January 15, 2010

Double CheeseburgerIt may be hard to escape fast food in the trucking industry, but you can make healthier decisions by being informed about your options. Many fast food chains display nutritional information online or in-store. Concerned about your daily diet? Check out the nutritional information, and you will learn there are some menu items that are a lot better for you than others.

For example, if you’re at McDonald’s, choose the double cheeseburger rather than the double quarter-pounder with cheese.

Calories:

Double quarter-pounder with cheese has 760

Double cheeseburger has 430

Difference: 330 calories

Grams of fat:

Quarter-pounder with cheese has 49g

Double cheeseburger has 22g

Difference: 27g

The double cheeseburger represents about 21.5 percent of your daily calorie intake based on a 2,000 calorie diet, as opposed to the quarter-pounder with cheese at 38 percent. The Mayo Clinic recommends between 44 and 78 grams of fat per day, so with the double quarter-pounder with cheese, you’ve already exceeded the lower end of that recommendation.

Save yourself almost 300 calories and more than 25 grams of fat by choosing McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger over the Double Quarter-Pounder with cheese.

*Nutrition information from McDonald’s nutrition site.

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