Do You Really Want to Know How Many Calories Are in Those Chicken McNuggets You're About to Order? [POLL]
Beginning Next Week, All McDonalds Menus Will Include the Calorie Counts of the Food
Prepare to be McFrightened: beginning next week, the more than 14,000 McDonald's outlets across the country will post the nutritional content of its food right on their menus.
That means when you're about to order your Big Mac Value Meal or your 20-piece McNuggets box or that super-sized Coke, you won't be able to avoid knowing just how many calories you're stuffing in your (baked apple) pie hole, too.
Some McDonald's locations already post the info on their menus, but the Obama healthcare reform will soon make it a mandatory action for the whole chain.
So, just to prepare you, straight from the McDonald's website, a Big Mac has 550 calories, a 20-piece McNugget box has 940 calories and a 32-ounce Coke has 310 calories. Most diet-busting entry on the menu: the Big Breakfast with hotcakes, which comes with a 1,090 calorie count. Oh, and a large order of French fries: 500 calories, almost as much as a Big Mac.
Of course, people will continue to eat McDonald's food; it's not like anyone is under the impression a Big Mac or French fries are healthy. But some of the numbers are likely to surprise customers, and the info gives people the option of choosing exactly how they want to spend their calories.
Meanwhile, as part of the nutritional info rollout, McDonald's is also adding more healthy options to its stores.
The chain already offers salads, fruit sides and wraps, but Blisstree.com reports that McDonald's is testing more healthy fare, including seasonal fruit and veggie options like blueberries and cucumbers, new McWraps and grilled chicken dishes and healthier breakfast options like egg-white sandwiches on whole-grain muffins.
"We've made a lot of good progress toward our nutrition commitments and we recognize there's still more to do," McDonald's senior director of nutrition, Dr. Cindy Goody, said in a statement.
Will seeing the calorie counts and other nutritional values of McDonald's food make you less likely to eat there?
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