McDonald’s Mondays: America’s Healthiest Fast Food?


Not quite, but in a recent study conducted by ABC News, McDonald’s was picked the 8th healthiest fast food restaurant in America. It also has the distinction of being the only major fast food chain on the list. Companies like Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC just didn’t make the cut. So what makes McDonald’s so healthy despite their burger and fries image?

Healthy alternatives, like apple slices and juices for Happy Meals and grilled chicken sandwiches for adults, are what cemented their place in the 8th spot. But despite healthy options like snack wraps and salads, it’s up to the consumer to steer clear of things like quarter pounders and McGriddles.

McDonald’s also earned bonus points for featuring their nutritional information on the back of tray liners and preparing their fries in a healthier canola-blend oil.

When you’re out and on the go, do you make healthy choices? What do you usually grab for a quick lunch out?

8 responses to “McDonald’s Mondays: America’s Healthiest Fast Food?”

  1. Annie says:

    If I eat burger, I take salad instead of having fries. But I just take half dressing.

  2. Melody113 says:

    Sushi and a nori salad. It’s the best I love the hot and spicy california rolls or the crab. Yummy and they stamp my card so every 10th time is a free $5 sushi at MacSushi. Love the place

  3. vibrantflame says:

    Interesting, I wonder why Wendy’s didn’t make the cut also? They offer juice and mandarin oranges with their kids meals, and they have salads and lower-fat options too.

    Anyways, I am trying to stick to healthier options when I do go fast food. There is a fast food place called Bento Box which I absolutely love. You can get things like Beef Soba and it’s pretty healthy for you! Plus the taste is amazing.

  4. ThatguyRob says:

    I believe I’m the only guy that actually likes burgers with salads. and i HATE when people DROWN their salad in dressing i prefer not even 1/4 of the package of dressing on my salads.

  5. c10a7 says:

    I eat very healthy, all my fruits and veggies portions, not to much meat. I have a pretty active lifestyle. But ,when I go to Mc Donald’s, I don’t go for a healthy meal. I never go more then once a month but I always get a Big Mac combo. If I want healthy food, I’ll go to Subways or grab sushi!

  6. Kristin says:

    I follow Canada’s food guide and eat healthy almost all of the time. If I go out to eat, it’s a treat. So, for that one meal, I don’t look at the calories, don’t think about the fat, and just enjoy it. It’s a joke how expensive healthy choices can be at restaurants!

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