McDonald’s New Calorie Menu – What You Need To Know

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McDonalds menu McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition:

The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus in the U.S. starting Monday.


I’m not sure this will really help but some regional studies suggest that having nutritional information available when ordering a meal prompts people to buy healthier items. Other studies have found no such change in consumer behavior.

My guess is that it would be a little more difficult to order a high calorie sandwich with 790 calories staring back at you.

Whether you choose to count the calories or not, below is a quick glance at the best and worst choices on the menu:


HIGHEST CALORIE SANDWICHES:

 

 

  • Angus Bacon & Cheese: 790 calories
    Total fat: 39g or 60% DV
    Sodium: 2,070mg or 86% DV
  • Angus Mushroom & Swiss: 770 calories
    Total fat: 40g or 61% DV
    Sodium: 1,170mg or 49% DV
  • Angus Delux: 750 calories
    Total fat: 39g or 60% DV
    Sodium: 1,700 or 71% DV
  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese: 750 calories
    Total fat: 62g or 65% DV*
    Sodium: 1,360mg or 57% DV

Calorie average for McDonald’s 20 listed burgers: 501
Sodium average for McDonald’s 20 listed burgers: 44% of daily value*
*Per cent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 

LIGHTEST CALORIE ITEMS:


BREAKFAST:

  • Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait: 150

SALADS:

  • Premium Caesar Salad (no chicken): 90
  • Premium Bacon Ranch Salad: 140
  • Premium Southwest Salad: 140

WRAPS:

  • Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrapped (grilled): 250
  • Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (grilled): 250

SANDWICHES:

  • Hamburger: 250
  • Cheeseburger: 300

DESERT:

  • Soft Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: 150
  • Soft Baked Chocolate Chip or Sugar Cookie: 160
  • Vanilla cone: 170

 

MEAL COMBINATIONS:

  • Angus Bacon & Cheese (790), large fries (500) large Coca-Cola (310
    = 1,600 calories
  • Big Mac (550), medium fries (380), medium Coca-Cola (210)
    = 1,140 calories
  • Double cheeseburger (440), medium fries (380), small Coca-Cola (150)
    = 970 calories

Quick Facts


It is said that Americans now consume roughly a third of their calories from restaurants, up from less than a quarter in the 1970s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And people spend about half of their food budgets at restaurants now, compared with a third in the 1970s.

 

 

Here’s an interesting infographic that shows the calories per dollar (CPD) of some of our favorite fast food items

Here is another interesting infographic explaining everything you ever wanted to know about fast food and then some! 

 

Consider yourself fast food educated!

How about you? Will the new menu with calories listed affect the choices you make?

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think?

 

 

2 Comments

  • Hmm, not sure i want to know that info, hehe. When i go to McDonald’s i know i am being bad. The last thing i need to know is exactly how guilty i should be.

    Its probably a good thing. Will be interesting to see how it effects biz

    • Moe,
      I’m the same way. If I’m going to McDonald’s I know that I’ve already forgone the idea of a healthy low calorie meal. I’m curious to see what the results will be. Thanks for the comment.

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