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Old 01-09-12, 06:19 PM
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Thank You, McDonald's......

Went to Gaithersburg, MD today for a business related meeting. By 1PM we were finally done, and I was starving. I had to get back to DE for another meeting, and there was a McD's right across the street. I only had one thing on my mind...the mushroom Angus burger.

I walked in, and looked at the menu. This is the first McD's I've been to that shows the meal's calories.

1,700 calories (it may have been more) for the Angus meal, including medium fries and a soda.

After seeing all the meals and their calorie values, I lost my appetite and settled for a bacon-ranch salad, which had 470 calories.

Thank you, McD's, for leading me from temptation and setting me on the right path to eating healthy.


Still, I really wanted that savory mushroom sauce on beef.......
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Some people say there is healthy options at Mc'd's but I do not agree. I think there is HEALTHIER options. For example... take your salad:

Ranch dressing: made with an emulsion of cream, oil, and starch. Yummy. The bacon... this is funny. This is the fat ends ground up of the pork belly after they smoke and slice it.

So yes, you did a better job then ordering the burger.

And the fries.... dont even get me started.

The more I look and explore into the food manufacturing business, the more I am convinced that cooking at home is much better.
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Old 01-09-12, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
The more I look and explore into the food manufacturing business, the more I am convinced that cooking at home is much better.

Old news. We used to throw patties at each other while flipping burgers at McD's back in the 80's, and they are sill as rubbery now as they were back then....

Their fries used to be really good, not sure if they used pure lard or what.

Besides, if I want 100% natural burgers, I will go to the Heart Attack Grill. Look them up if you haven't heard of them.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Some people say there is healthy options at Mc'd's but I do not agree. I think there is HEALTHIER options. For example... take your salad:

Ranch dressing: made with an emulsion of cream, oil, and starch. Yummy. The bacon... this is funny. This is the fat ends ground up of the pork belly after they smoke and slice it.

So yes, you did a better job then ordering the burger.

And the fries.... dont even get me started.

The more I look and explore into the food manufacturing business, the more I am convinced that cooking at home is much better.

You are a wise man indeed! Took me 38 years and 360+ pounds before I figured that out...
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Not much at McDonald's that resembles real food. Not much there that resembles what they used to make 40 years ago.

But they didn't do it to us. Didn't make us eat it. We approved of their changes for the worse by buying the snot out of what they have for sale. They just gave us what we wanted.

Why did it take me so many years to get past the Golden Arches?
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I haven't considered McDonalds as food for a long time. Once you have children and are hazed into going there a few hundred times as they grow up you tend to get over it, quick.

I will say that of all the fast foods, traditionally they had the best fries. They did change off whatever oil/lard they were using to something new a few years back and it completely ruined the only thing I really enjoyed there..regardless of how bad for me it is.
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Originally Posted by green427 View Post
Went to Gaithersburg, MD today for a business related meeting. By 1PM we were finally done, and I was starving. I had to get back to DE for another meeting, and there was a McD's right across the street. I only had one thing on my mind...the mushroom Angus burger.

I walked in, and looked at the menu. This is the first McD's I've been to that shows the meal's calories.

1,700 calories (it may have been more) for the Angus meal, including medium fries and a soda.

After seeing all the meals and their calorie values, I lost my appetite and settled for a bacon-ranch salad, which had 470 calories.

Thank you, McD's, for leading me from temptation and setting me on the right path to eating healthy.


Still, I really wanted that savory mushroom sauce on beef.......
That is nice. I wonder if all McDonalds are doing this?

There are two things I like at McDonalds. One is their Asian Salad but don't even think they have them anymore. The other is the egg mcmuffin. Now I'm going to have to find out how many calories are in those.

Oh I love their fries too but stay away because they have to be a cardiologists dream.

You got me thinking ....... I think I'm going to google and look up calories everytime I walk in a fast food place.
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Great post, and wonderful that you made a better choice there. I think this brings up a great point and one that I struggle with often. In my work, often times I have to leave the office and be on the road during the day and often it is around lunch time. I try to pack a lunch but sometimes I forget or I previously did not get to the grocery store and do not have anything in the house. On those days, I usually do not have a lot of time and need something quick to eat. The options for a quick, healthy meal are so limited, I am wondering what other people might do in this situation.
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McDonalds switched from lard to vegetable oil a while ago because of trans fats, so supposedly their fries are less heart unfriendly. I've taken to making homemade potato chips using olive oil and a salt free herb blend for seasoning, sliced thin. They taste delicious and are quite healthy. Potatoes are a good source of carbs, olive oil is good for your heart and the herbs are wonderful.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
I haven't considered McDonalds as food for a long time. Once you have children and are hazed into going there a few hundred times as they grow up you tend to get over it, quick.

I will say that of all the fast foods, traditionally they had the best fries. They did change off whatever oil/lard they were using to something new a few years back and it completely ruined the only thing I really enjoyed there..regardless of how bad for me it is.
I've never considered McDonalds to be a place I'd choose to go. My first encounter with them was as a teenager when I wanted some chips (fries to US readers) after an evening with some friends. I was all set to go to the local fish-and-chip shop but the others wanted to go to McDonalds. I still remember the sense of crushing disappointment after I handed over the money that would have bought me a huge pile of decent chips, only to be presented with a pathetic looking carton with fried extruded mashed potato in it. I couldn't honestly tell you the last time I even set foot in a McDonalds, other than perhaps to use their bathroom.
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There's a new law in CA that if there are a certain number of franchises in the state, that the calories must be displayed on the menu next to the item. It certainly helps in the calorie counting stage, but it's still pretty impossible to eat healthy at a fast food restaurant. Some places are even nice enough to include the protein.

There's one important bit they don't advertise so freely...

My old go-to was a pita pocket stuffed with chicken. Sounds reasonably healthy right? Only 300 calories... and 1000mg of sodium. For a meal I'd get two of them and some water - so bam. There's the entire day's worth of sodium and still have to eat 1400-2000 more calories the rest of the day...


For quick and healthy? I keep celery chopped and eat it with natural peanut butter (190 calories, 50-90 sodium) Raisins keep well, and are good for energy. Lots of healthy nuts, great if you don't have an allergy.

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Here is the nutrition information for McDonald's menu items, including calories:

https://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnu...itionfacts.pdf

As part of health care reform, federal law now requires nutrition information if a restaurant chain has 20 or more outlets. I dont know the status of regulations implementing the law. Vending machines also will also have labeling requirements. https://www.fda.gov/food/labelingnutrition/ucm217762.htm

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Originally Posted by Lobs616 View Post
Great post, and wonderful that you made a better choice there. I think this brings up a great point and one that I struggle with often. In my work, often times I have to leave the office and be on the road during the day and often it is around lunch time. I try to pack a lunch but sometimes I forget or I previously did not get to the grocery store and do not have anything in the house. On those days, I usually do not have a lot of time and need something quick to eat. The options for a quick, healthy meal are so limited, I am wondering what other people might do in this situation.
I recently had to do week trips away from home and I'd go to a fast food joint and get a salad and ask for a lemon slice or two to use as the dressing. That week I ate salads and get grilled chicken or grilled fish with a salad from a restaurant for the evening meals.

Now that I have found Walden Farms I use them exclusively for dressings and other condiments such as barbeque sauce, ketchup, syrups, dips, spreads and sauces. They even have single serving packets that you could take along with you for salads that you have to buy on the road.,

No calories, fat, carbs, glutens or sugars. Might want to check them out.

https://waldenfarms.com/products/all_products.html

Those looking at sugar alternatives might wan to look at the family of Stevia sweeteners such as truvia or stevia. Stevia (stevia.com) has sweeteners that come in flavors.
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We have had a "calorie display" law in Philadelphia for a while now. It applies to businesses with a certain number of stores and up. Basically chain restaurants. NYC has one, too.
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Gotta find a Wendy's next time - the best fast food lunch is a plain baked potato and a small chilli. High protein, low fat, decent on calories and tends to be filling.
Cheap too!
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The posting of calories is awesome. On a vacation trip coming home, we couldn't make it all the way so stopped to get dinner at Applebee's, a nice casual eating dinner house. All the dinners had the calories posted -YIPES - what a shock! Meals I would normally order were 1800 - 2800 carolries!!! I settled for soup at 280 calories. As much as the fun of dining was taken out of the equation, I am glad - it really helped me make a better choice.
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I PERSONALLY think all food establishments should have the cals either posted at the store, on a flyer and on their web site. Pisses me off when I try to find some nutritional info and cant find it.
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Gotta find a Wendy's next time - the best fast food lunch is a plain baked potato and a small chilli. High protein, low fat, decent on calories and tends to be filling.
Cheap too!
I get the chili and skip the potato.

I can't find anything I can eat or drink at McDonald's. The coffee is awful. I'd drink a chocolate milk after a 4+ hour ride, but that's it.
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We like to eat at McDonalds while traveling, because they are consistent with ingredients at the different locations. This is important when you have a child that is allergic to milk, eggs and tree nuts.

If I want to eat a healthier alternative there, I just get the classic grilled chicken sandwich w/out mayo. I like it and it is reasonably healthy.
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Originally Posted by Lobs616 View Post
Great post, and wonderful that you made a better choice there. I think this brings up a great point and one that I struggle with often. In my work, often times I have to leave the office and be on the road during the day and often it is around lunch time. I try to pack a lunch but sometimes I forget or I previously did not get to the grocery store and do not have anything in the house. On those days, I usually do not have a lot of time and need something quick to eat. The options for a quick, healthy meal are so limited, I am wondering what other people might do in this situation.
Subway 6 inch with mustard - no mayo - ham or chicken or just veggies!

Wish I took my own advice more often!!
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to Subway. Their veggie sub has become my go-to fast food item.
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Originally Posted by green427 View Post
Their fries used to be really good, not sure if they used pure lard or what.
Lard is really misunderstood. Thank you P&G Marketing Department.
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the old Burger King chicken sandwich used to be my go to. Then somewhere, some dolt figured they could lower the quality of the chicken and and still charge the same price. After a few times of ordering what looked like my favorite sandwich and then biting into some sort of unchewable fat....I was done. Haven't been in a BK in years. Now it's Chic-a-fila nothing!
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to Subway.
I feel blessed to liive in the land of hoagies. I don't even recognize Subway's existence, except when I walk by the one near my office at night and see the rats scurrying back and forth out back.

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Originally Posted by phlydude View Post
Gotta find a Wendy's next time - the best fast food lunch is a plain baked potato and a small chilli. High protein, low fat, decent on calories and tends to be filling.
Cheap too!
You might want to check this out...

https://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/nutrition.pdf

Plain baked potato and a small chilli is only 480 calories... BUT with 905mg sodium. Lagre chilli and a plain baked potato is 580 calories and 1355mg sodium.

***Don't mind me, I just hate all the preservatives they put into food. Sodium being #1 on that list.

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