Mcdonald’s Nutrition Vs Homemade Nutrition


How Does McDonald’s Nutrition Compare?

Fast food is an integral part of our life, whether we eat it or not. We see dozens of ads every day on TV, billboards, buses, email, mobile ads, and many more. We are constantly reminded of the convenience, affordability and improved “healthy” qualities of various fast food items. But how healthy or unhealthy is fast food really? Is it worth saving a few minutes of cooking to eat that double cheeseburger or that hard-shelled taco? I’d like to start a series of articles comparing the nutritional value of various fast food chains to their in-house counterparts. Today I’m going to show you some of McDonald’s Nutrition Facts versus the Nutrition Facts of a healthier homemade option, so you can judge whether saving a dollar or a few minutes is worth the nutritional differences.

Mcdonald’s Nutrition – Quarter Pounder with Cheese


Homemade version – Quarter pound burger with wheat bread and cheese

Quarter pound McDonald’s with cheese:

Calories: 520

Calories from Fat: 240

Total fat: 26g

Saturated fat: 12g

Trans fat: 1.5 g

Cholesterol: 95 mg

Sodium: 1100 mg

Total carbohydrate: 41g

Dietary fiber: 3g

Sugars: 10g

Protein: 30g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 2%

Calcium: 30%

Iron: 25%

Homemade quarter pounder with cheese on wheat bread

Calories: 401

Calories from Fat: 118

Total fat: 15g

Saturated fat: 7g

Polyunsaturated fats: .6g

Monounsaturated fat: 4.5 g

Cholesterol: 93 mg

Sodium: 723 mg

Potassium: 469 mg

Total carbohydrate: 31g

Dietary fiber: 4g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 35g

Vitamin A: 16%

Calcium: 57%

Iron: 3%

Here. The nutritional value of a homemade fast food and burger. Let’s take a minute to discuss the differences between McDonald’s nutrition and the homemade version. We’ll start with the fat content. the McDonald’s version contains more saturated and trans fats (the bad fats) while the homemade hamburger contains higher amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fats (the OK fats). McDonald’s nutrition shows higher amounts of cholesterol, sodium, sugars, and iron. The homemade burger shows higher amounts of fiber, protein, vitamins, and potassium.

It’s no surprise that the homemade version is healthier than the McDonald’s version. The real surprise is how much healthier it actually is. By avoiding McDonald’s nutrition and taking a few extra minutes to make your own burger, you’ll be consuming less fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar, and more fiber, protein, potassium, and vitamins. In other words, you are turning McDonald’s nutrition into muscle building nutrition. A homemade hamburger with 35g of protein, 4g of fiber, some good fats and much less starch allows muscle building, a delicious dinner.

Keep an eye out for my next upcoming fast food comparison!


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