t might not be the most saintly food choice there is, but if you want to enjoy a McDonald’s as a treat there is a way to lessen the impact if you’re careful about your diet.
Nutritionist and registered dietitian Emily Field told Business Insider that the best option is to order two burgers instead of just one Big Mac with chips.
According to Field it’s all about getting the balance of nutrients right, and a side order of chips will be high in fat and carbs but contains minimal protein.
‘By swapping the fries for a second burger, then, you’re nearly doubling your protein intake while reducing the amount of fat and carbs you’re eating,’ Business Insider reported.
‘Since fast-food is already high in fat and carbs and pretty low in protein, this simple switch could help steady your blood sugar levels.’
Although two burgers is the more calorific choice, Field cited research published in the journal Nutritional Metabolism that suggests that balancing macronutrients in a meal is crucial to balancing blood sugar.
Nutritionist and registered dietitian Emily Field told Business Insider that you’re better off having two burgers at McDonald’s instead of one with fries (stock image)
The three macro-nutrients are fats, carbohydrates and proteins and experts suggest that balancing your intake is more effective for weight loss than calorie counting.
Protein will keep you fuller for longer, so if you have an extra burger and double your intake rather than consuming fat and carbs by eating chips, you’ll should stay satiated and avoid reaching for another unhealthy snack a few hours later.
Another reason to avoid the fries is that they apparently don’t taste as good as they used to when you were a child.
McDonald’s stopped using beef tallow to cook their fries during the 1990s, Canadian historian Malcolm Gladwell recently revealed.
|Quarter Pounder w/cheese||518||31g||27g|
|Quarter Pounder w/cheese & fries||855||34.4g||44g|
|Quarter Pounder w/cheese & Big Mac||1,026||57g||52g|
And he claims that the switch from beef fat to vegetable oil changed the way McDonald’s fries taste forever.
McDonald’s stopped using beef tallow after bowing to pressure from health campaigners over cholesterol fears.
But Malcom believes that it not only destroyed the taste of the iconic fries forever, but didn’t make them any less unhealthy.
He said on an episode of his podcast Revisionist History: ‘They made the world’s greatest French fry. Then they threw it away.’
A typical McDonald’s meal of a burger with a side of fries is likely to leave you hungry later on, whereas two burgers increases your protein intake, leaving you satisfied (stock image)