How do these ‘healthy’ fast food options compare to a Big Mac?

How do these ‘healthy’ fast food options compare to a Big Mac?


This might make you rethink going for a salad! 

McDonald’s Big Mac

The Big Mac comes in at 540 calories but, as we know, foods nutritional value depends on a lot more than these alone. 

First, let’s look at where these calories are coming from.

The Big Mac contains 28g of fat (that’s 47%) with 10g being saturated. As well as this, it contains 46g of carbohydrates, which comes in at about 34%. There’s 950mg of sodium, 80mg of cholesterol and 9g of sugar. 

All in all, it’s not looking great. Better order a salad, right? 

Let’s look at how these fast food salads shape up against the infamous Big Mac. 

Wendy's Full Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Coming in at 60 calories more than the Big Mac, Wendy's Full Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is 600 calories with a huge 41g of fat (11g of which are saturated). 

Surely it can’t be as high as a Big Mac when it comes to cholesterol and salt? 

Sadly, it can. 

With 1220mg of sodium and 135mg of cholesterol, the only thing this salad is lower in is trans-fat and even that is by a pretty poor 1g. 

Starbucks Green Goddess Avocado Salad

With green and goddess in the name, it might surprise you to hear that this salad comes in at 620 calories with 330 of them coming from fat. That equates to 37g, with 4.5g coming from saturated fats. 

That’s more than 10g more fat than the Big Mac. Of course, fat is not the enemy – after all, we need it (plus, we all know that avos are good fats), and with only 5mg of cholesterol it does come in a lot lower than the Big Mac. 

It’s sodium and sugar content, however, is nothing to write home about, coming in at 980mg and 16g respectively. 

Burger King Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Salad with grilled Chicken & Dressing

Let’s try Burger King. 

The Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Salad with grilled Chicken & Dressing comes in at a few more calories than the Big Mac (590), and 360 of them come from fat. 

This salad comes with 48g of fat in total and 12g are saturated. It is also higher in both sodium (1540mg) and cholesterol (150mg) but a little less when it comes to sugar (6g). 

Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad-Beef

780 calories for a salad! 780 calories!

Yes, the Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad-Beef might come in a massive taco but come on. This meal comes in at 42g of fat, with 10g of these being saturated. On top of this, it contains 60mg of cholesterol and 1340mg of sodium. 

In its defence, there is a fair bit more fibre in one of these. Whether that redeems, it is up to you. 

The moral of this story? Food isn’t always what it seems. Of course, go for what you enjoy. Food should not be feared. 

However, if you’re going for a salad to be ‘healthy’, you might want to skip on the dressing… 

Which would you go for: a Big Mac or one of these salads? Let us know in the comments below. 


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