Why is Mcdonald’s Food Bad for Your Body?

You must have been eating burgers at McDonald’s for a very long time now but have ever wondered how it can deteriorate your body. Although, there are very healthy food options available there, most of them can cause long-term damage to your health. 

McDonald’s food is bad for the body as it has higher calories, fats, sodium and sugar contents than the average requirement of a human being. According to Science Alert, McDonald’s most famous burger Big Mac contains so many calories and fats that it can take 3 days for the human body to completely digest it. 

It has also been reported by PETA that the chicken used by McDonald’s is raised in filthy sheds and drugged to grow large quickly. Even if these allegations were wrong, still their nutritional servings are higher than the body requires. Now, let’s see the facts about the fast-food chain which are really going to shock you. 

How McDonald’s Food Can Damage Your Body?

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1. Contains Animal Fat 

Most of the food items in the McDonald’s menu have high calories and cholesterol. Their world-famous french fries even contain animal fat. Earlier, they used to fry the fries in animal fat, but now vegetable oil is used. This made the fries less tasty, so they decided to add beef flavoring to the fries. 

The average cholesterol requirement is 300 mg per day and taking more than the average can cause heart problems, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, cognitive decline and depression. 

Below is the list of famous menu items at McDonald’s and the amount of cholesterol they contain. 

Menu Item Cholesterol
French Fries (Kids)0 mg
French Fries (Small)0 mg
French Fries (Medium)0 mg
French Fries (Large)0 mg
Big Mac80 mg
Egg McMuffin250 mg
Baked Apple Pie0 mg
Chicken McNuggets (4 pieces)25 mg
Double Cheeseburger85 mg

(Note- This data has been referenced from McDonald’s nutrition calculator)

2. Body Feels Full

Ever felt fullness in your body after eating at McDonald’s. Their burgers are so greasy and contain high calories. So, higher calories mean it takes more time to digest. This means you will feel full for a longer time and maybe even heavy. 

There was research conducted and it was known that the chain’s famous burger Big Mac takes nearly 3 days to completely digest and pass out of the body.

According to the NHS, the average daily calories intake for men is 2500 and 2000 for women. Big Mac contains 550 cal and considering you will also eat other meals, and you can become obese. Intake of calories in excess can also cause high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, gallstones and cancer. 

Below is the list of famous menu items at McDonald’s and the amount of calories they contain.

Menu ItemCalories 
French Fries (Kids)110 cal
French Fries (Small)220 cal
French Fries (Medium)320 cal
French Fries (Large)490 cal
Big Mac550 cal
Egg McMuffin310 cal
Baked Apple Pie230 cal
Chicken McNuggets (1 piece)42 cal
Double Cheeseburger450 cal

(Note- This data has been referenced from McDonald’s nutrition calculator)

3. Higher Salt Content

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If your blood pressure increases after having a tasty meal at McDonald’s, then it’s not your fault. The burger chain serves meals that contain a higher level of sodium than the body requires. 

An average person requires nearly 2300 mg of sodium per day and 1500 mg for people with high blood pressure. But the McDonald’s most famous burger Big Mac contains 1010 mg salt. Considering you will also order some other food items from the menu and eat other meals throughout the day, think about where your sodium levels will be headed. 

According to Harvard T.H. Chan, higher sodium levels in the body can increase blood pressure. It can also cause bloating, stroke and calcium losses. 

Below is the list of famous menu items at McDonald’s and the amount of sodium they contain.

Menu ItemSodium
French Fries (Kids)90 mg
French Fries (Small)180 mg
French Fries (Medium)260 mg
French Fries (Large)400 mg
Big Mac1010 mg
Egg McMuffin770 mg
Baked Apple Pie100 mg
Chicken McNuggets (4 pieces)330 mg
Double Cheeseburger1120 mg

(Note- This data has been referenced from McDonald’s nutrition calculator)

4. Unhealthy Fats

McDonald’s burgers contain a lot of fat which is not much healthier for the body. The recommended fat per day is about 50-83 g. Increased fat levels can cause blood levels of triglycerides to rise. They are a type of lipid in which the most fat content exists in the food and body. 

Normally, they get cleared within a few hours, but in the case of low fiber food, it becomes difficult. It can cause arteries to harden and increase the risk of stroke and heart diseases. You may also suffer from constipation due to the lack of dietary fiber. 

Below is the list of famous menu items at McDonald’s and the amount of fats they contain.

Menu ItemTotal Fat
French Fries (Kids)5 g
French Fries (Small)10 g
French Fries (Medium)15 g
French Fries (Large)23 g
Big Mac30 g
Egg McMuffin13 g
Baked Apple Pie11 g
Chicken McNuggets (4 piece)10 g
Double Cheeseburger24 g

(Note- This data has been referenced from McDonald’s nutrition calculator)

5. Higher Sugar

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McDonald’s desserts contain a higher level of sugar than the body needs. The average amount of sugar that the body needs per day are:

  • Men: 38 g or 9 tsp
  • Women: 25 g or 6 tsp
  • Children: 25 g or 6 tsp

High blood sugar can cause hyperglycemia and gut microbiomes to get destroyed. 

Below is the list of famous menu items at McDonald’s and the amount of fats they contain.

Menu ItemSugar
Hot Fudge Sundae44 g
Baked Apple Pie14 g
Oreo McFlurry60 g
Hot Caramel Sundae41 g

(Note- This data has been referenced from McDonald’s nutrition calculator)

You must be worried about the bad effects that McDonald’s food has been causing on your body. But it’s never too late! You can order some healthy options at their outlets or stop eating there. If you would like to add or ask something, then you can do so in the comment section below.

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