The healthiest things you can get at McDonald's

Big Macs, McNuggets, Fries. Everyone knows these McDonald’s menu items. Unfortunately, these aren’t their healthiest options. Maybe that’s not a huge surprise, but what are the healthiest things you can get at McDonald’s?

We asked Samantha Pyser, a registered dietitian, for her thoughts. Let’s start with breakfast.

With its high-calorie count and sodium content, you should probably avoid a breakfast sandwich like the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle. Instead, try the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal w/o Brown Sugar. Or, go for the Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait.

The USDA suggests adults who are “moderately active” consume 2,000-2,800 calories a day. It’s also recommended to eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. That means eating just one Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle accounts for more than half of your recommended sodium intake. Too much sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or other serious medical conditions.

Moving on to lunch…McDonald’s is world famous for its Big Mac.

“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

But all those ingredients add up. Instead, try the Filet-O-Fish. Or, if you’re in the mood for a burger, get the plain Hamburger. Adding a slice of cheese raises the sodium content, but it’s still manageable.

If you’re adding to your meal, you should probably skip the fries. Instead, go for the Apple Slices. Or, opt for the Side Salad.

Fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.