This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss).Burger patties are one of the only options at McDonald’s that are not ultra-processed. They’re under 100 calories, relatively high in protein, and packed with vitamins and minerals. It is perfectly healthy for most of us to include some nutritious red meat in our diet.One of the biggest downsides of McDonalds burgers is how small they are. When you order the patty alone, you really see what you’re getting: under 2 ounces (57 grams) of cooked beef. Most adults should order a couple patties to get adequate protein in their meal.And if you’re reheating burgers at home, why not add some veggies to your meal? A garden salad or some cooked frozen veggies would add fiber and vitamin C.Having the burger with the bun and toppings almost triples the calories, largely from white flour and added sugar. Unlike the burger patty, McDonald’s burger bun does count as an ultra-processed food.So, if cooked beef burgers are one of the best options, what is the unhealthiest thing at McDonalds? McDonald’s changes up their menu often. However, I can name an item that is consistently on menus and offers little in the way of nutrition.That item is sugary soda pop. Soda is what is often referred to as “empty calories.” It is basically just calories from sugar.It’s very easy to consume hundreds (or even thousands) of excess calories per day drinking soda. A soda habit is not great for your teeth either. Interestingly, the day I visited our McDonalds, they did not have soda available, and people were ordering water.I wonder how much of a health impact it would have if all the fastfood restaurants suddenly stopped serving soda?Nutrition information is for one McDonald’s hamburger patty. This is for the meat only, without the hamburger bun, ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickle slices.
Calories: 90kcalProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 160mgIron: 4% DV