McDonald’s healthy eating? Here’s what nutrition pros buy there

McDonald’s menu, changing as it may be, is not exactly friendly to my post-angioplasty low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet. I’ve written about how I will order a salad there but bring my own oil and vinegar in packets I purchase via Amazon to avoid the high-salt Newman’s Own dressings.

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Want a chicken sandwich at McDonald’s? Hold the mayo and don’t eat the bun, one healthy eating expert recommends.

So I was interested in reading a recent article I saw headlined “What Diet Experts Eat at McDonald’s.” The piece speaks with nine people who call themselves nutrition and health eating experts to see what they buy at McDonald’s.

I was amused by one who gets a kid’s meal to get a taste of a hamburger in that tiny serving. I had been buying a double McDonald’s burger once a week to do the same thing before my 2012 surgery but have dropped that since. Now I buy 96% lean ground beef at a local supermarket and make my burgers at home.

Another gets a salad and leaves off the cheese and tortilla strips and uses less of the high-salt dressing to cut sodium. I too take off the tortilla strips but leave the little bit of cheese, opting to cut salt by using oil and vinegar instead of the prepared dressings.

Another gets the grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo and doesn’t eat the bun to cut sodium from the offering. I regularly do the same when I’m ordering a chicken sandwich at local restaurants. Bread is a salt carrier, buns often even more so than plain slices of bread, so leave them behind.

I disagree with the person who gets the Egg McMuffin, even forgoing the egg-white version.

I do like the yogurt parfait, so was glad to see it on the list as a snack alternative. But I know some object to the sugar content, 21 grams, which is half the recommended daily intake of sugar. I’ve cut back from eating two at a time to one because of the sugar.
John

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