Fast Food Nutrition

This could be you after fast food...running to the tiolet at the track.Everyone has heard of Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me.”  If you haven’t, you are missing out.  It is a film in which the main character, Morgan Spurlock eats McDonald’s for 30 days.  Just saying that sounds so gross.  Every once in a while, fast food can be used as a reward after you accomplished something, but to eat it on a regular basis is not beneficial in any way.

Looking at the nutritional facts of fast food, it’s pretty surprising how much junk is in the food.  Let’s take McDonald’s for example.  If you go there before the track in the morning and you get two Egg McMuffins and a hash brown.  With nothing to drink, the food alone is 720 calories, 1990 mg of sodium (The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2400mg per day) and 470 mg of cholesterol (The American Heart Association recommends less than 300mg).  Those numbers alone should steer you away from including fast food in your diet.  You have already exceeded your daily amount of cholesterol and you are close to going over the amount of sodium you need in one meal!    

However, these numbers are not even the worst!  Okay, you skipped McDank’s this morning and you threw down some great motos.  You want to reward yourself….with a good ole’ Big Mac.  You are starving and you want a large drink and fries.  Here are the numbers:

Big Mac: 560 calories, 270 calories from fat, 30g of fat, 80mg of cholesterol and 1010mg of sodium.

Fries: 520 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25g of fat, and 330mg of sodium  

Coke: 310 calories, 256 calories from fat and 85g of sugar.

That’s a total of 1390 calories, 55g of fat, 1340mg of sodium and a ridiculous amount of cholesterol and sugar.  Can you imagine if you ate McDonald’s for breakfast and lunch?  You would have eaten a day’s worth of food in two meals and two day’s worth of sodium.  I wouldn’t recommend eating any fast food at all.  If you have to, get grilled chicken sandwich with no cheese or mayo.  Ketchup and mustard are good.  If you get a salad, go light on the dressing and again, go with grilled chicken.  It’s not as bad, but still unhealthy.

After eating fast food for 30 days, Morgan Spurlock gained 25 pounds and suffered from depression and liver dysfunction.  Some of his physicians said that the high fat diet he was on was similar to a bout of heavy drinking.  To lose the 25 pounds, it took Spurlock 14 months; he was on a strict “detoxing diet.”  So, just be conscience of what you order.  Just like the energy drinks, it’s okay in moderation.  Don’t be afraid to treat yourself every once in a while.

Posted on Aug 03 2009, under Nutrition | No Comments »

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