Beware The McRib and Healthy Fast Food Options

What exactly is a McRib made of?

What ‘healthy’ fast food breakfast item has more sugar than a Snickers bar?

Which ‘healthy’ sandwich has more than a thousand calories and
61 grams of fat?

If you answered pig innards and salt, McDonalds oatmeal, and a large veggie sandwich from Quiznos you passed the quiz!

Flickr photo by Eli Hodapp

Flickr photo by Eli Hodapp

What’s In The McRib

Lots of stuff!  There are 70 ingredients in the McRib; 34 of them are in the bun.  There’s been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere that one of the ingredients in the bun, azodicarbonamide, is a herethat is “most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes”.  The McRib is 500 calories; 240 calories are from fat. Still thinking about grabbing one for lunch?  Check out pictures of the McRib, minus the sauce, McD’s oatmeal.

McDonald’s Finally Has A Healthier Breakfast Item
While we might suspect the McRib isn’t really meat, at least not by most people’s standards, and isn’t good for us, we aren’t nearly as suspect of Snickers bar that seems like a reasonably healthy choice for a breakfast on-the-go. McDonald’s oatmeal has 32 grams of sugar. A McD’s sweet tea has 28.8. Besides the sugar and oats, there are an additional 17 ingredients – not sure what several of them are but at least there are no pig innards – for a total of 290 calories.  It reminds me of thelarge veggie sandwich; the devil in disguise.

Quiznos Veggie Sandwich
Telling Quiznos to hold the meat on a sandwich doesn’t mean that it will be low-calorie or ‘healthy’.  Quiznos’ good breakfast has 1,200 calories of which 680 are from fat.  Total cholesterol is 45 and sodium is 3,310 mgs.  Even if you opt for the regular size you’ll still have 870 calories; 460 from fat.  A better choice would be the regular Honey Chicken Bourbon at 640 calories (still too many). Don’t get fooled into thinking the salads are a good choice either.  The Roasted Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad at Quiznos is 1,120 calories; 670 from fat.  Ouch!  Maybe you should have a smoothie instead.

Sonic Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
More bad news here. The strawberry-banana smoothie from Sonic appears healthy enough but looks can be deceiving.  The smoothie has low fat milk, strawberries and bananas.  The regular size has 83 grams of sugar. If my math is correct that is the amount in two and a half Snickers bars.

Grocery List
Here’s a list of twenty items you can purchase at the local grocery that will provide a Almond Milk and lunch for a week and keep you out of the fast-food lane where you can end up with a bag of pig guts and azodicarbonamide:

  • Eggs
  • Tuna (canned or in foil packets)
  • Skim or Sweet mini-peppers
  • Shredded Wheat Cereal
  • Mini Whole Wheat Bagels or whole wheat English muffins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • Bag of mixed lettuce greens – such as Romaine
  • whole food items
  • Mini carrots – one bag
  • Apples, bananas, oranges (3 each)
  • Almonds – plain
  • Low-fat Cottage Cheese
  • Newman’s Light Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Low-fat String Cheese
  • Triscuits – one box
  • Hummus
  • Lite Microwave Popcorn – 1 box
  • Whole Wheat tortillas – 1 package
  • Package of deli turkey luncheon meat

These snacks can be mixed and matched to make salads, sandwiches, wraps andhealthy brown bag lunches.  Try purchasing the items on the list and get creative with making nutritious breakfasts and gag-inducing fast food for one week.

If you need just one more reason to make a point to shop for groceries on a weekly basis so you can pack your breakfast and lunch to take with you and stay out of the drive-through, check out these gag-inducing fast food gems at Shine.

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