Calories, salt and fat in your favorite McDonald’s meal – and how chicken compares to beef

The McDonald’s fast food chain has 1,249 restaurants across the UK and is arguably Britain’s favorite fast food restaurant, but what exactly is the nutritional value of our favorite treats under the golden arches?

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What is the nutritional value of the beloved Big Mac?

There’s nothing quite like sneaking into a McDonald’s after a drunken night out – or even, when we’re feeling a little frail the next morning.

When that craving comes, we don’t think twice about the nutritional content of a Big Mac or a McChicken Sandwich – and why should we?

We all deserve a gift from time to time, and when we like a McDonald’s we should be able to enjoy it guilt-free.

However, as with everything in life, it’s important to enjoy things in moderation, so sometimes it’s helpful to know exactly what’s in the food that we like to eat so much.

So what’s the nutritional content of some of our favorite McDonald’s treats?

The McChicken sandwich has fewer calories than a Big Mac

Let’s start with the fast food chain’s burger, the Big Mac, which is a favorite among many.

The doubled hamburger contains 493 calories and 24g of fat. It also has 2.2g of salt and 9.4g of sugar.

While it is not recommended to eat a Big Mac every single day, it is a delicious and not too caloric treat from time to time.

For those who prefer beef chicken when walking through the golden arches, a McChicken sandwich is also a surprisingly low-calorie meal.

Containing only 369 calories and 15g of fat, it’s not as forgiving as we would have thought at first. The Crispy Chicken Burger also contains 6.3g of sugar and 1.2g of salt.

If chicken nuggets are more your thing, you’re looking for 261 calories for a box of six, which also contains 13g of fat, 0.6g of sugar, and 0.57g of salt.

Chicken nuggets aren’t too caloric if you only have a box of 6


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But three chicken selections have a slightly higher calorie content of 359 calories. They also contain 20g of fat, 0.3g of sugar and 1.8g of salt.

Of course, a McDonald’s meal wouldn’t be complete without a portion of delicious French fries to finish the meal.

And if you’re looking for a medium-sized box, you’re looking at 337 calories, 17g of fat, 0.6g of sugar, and 0.62g of salt.

While, for the most part, none of these popular menu items have a mind-boggling calorie content, there are some slightly less popular burgers that may be best to have just once in a while.

The Big Tasty burger, for example, has a slightly higher calorie content of 799 and a fat content of 46 g.

It also contains 10g of sugar and 3.3g of salt and if you add bacon, that’s 845 calories overall.

While it’s important to be aware of the nutrition in your meals from time to time, it’s also important to enjoy your food – and a little treat from time to time never hurts anyone.

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