Diet Experts Eat at McDonald's

Aug 04, 2015 12:28 PM EDT | By DonDon Navidad

McDonald's treats finally get a nod from dieticians where they will surelly satisfy a person's craving and still keep a person's waistline toned and tight. Nutrition experts sugergested McDonald's foods that includes  burgers, bacon, and even ice cream. 

If a person is looking for a protein-packed breakfast at Mickey D's, a Chicago area registere,d dietitian, Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND, said, "Not only do I eat guilt-free at McDonald's, I think they get a bad rap. When I'm flying in the morning, I typically get an Egg McMuffin and a coffee. The sandwich only has 300 calories and it offers 17 grams of satiety-providing protein. Instead of the egg white version, I stick with the whole egg sandwich because the yolk contains carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals."

A person craving for burgers, Toby Amidor, MS, RD, nutrition expert and author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, said that it's better to order a kid's meal consist of a hamburger, small order of fries, a bottle of water and a Cuties clementine , as the meal has 390 calories and 13 grams of fat.

If a person just wants to stick with a salad, Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said, "It's no surprise that a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist might order a side salad with grilled chicken from McDonald's, but the dish is a good source of protein and iron, which will help you feel fuller, longer. Topping the greens with Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette or Family Recipe Italian Dressing makes for a delicious meal that comes in between 290 and 460 calories."

Owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios  Jim White RD, ACSM HFS, advised that, if a person has a strong desire for chicken, the person should order a grilled chicken filet, sans bun and mayonnaise dressing - and if the person removes the bun and dressing, it reduces the total fat by 7.5 grams and cuts about 450 mg of sodium.

Gina Consalvo, MA, RD, LDN, Pennsylvania-based owner of Eat Well with Gina, suggested if a person is craving something sweet, Consalvo said, "The Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait has 150 calories and 4 grams of protein, making it a good snack."


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