Top 10 Unhealthiest Items at McDonald's

Esquire.com
Shine Food
June 13, 2012












For all the criticisms lobbed against it, McDonald's is certainly good for some things. (Oatmeal, maybe. Fries, definitely. Cheap coffee, sure.) And yet it's hard to picture any of its proponents describing McDonald's as healthy. That is, until just recently, when the "senior director of culinary innovation" for the chain said, "I don't see anything on the menu that's unhealthy." Look, chef Daniel Coudreaut, I had one of those McFlurry things just the other day, but I think we can all agree there are some items at the Golden Arches that are not necessarily in our bodies' best interest. So as a sort of public service, we've rounded up the ten highest-calorie offerings among popular McDonald's orders, for your perusal below. Not because you shouldn't necessarily eat them from time to time, but because you might want to know about them. You might be surprised to find that the leader of the pack is actually a drink.

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1. Chocolate Triple Thick Shake, 32 oz. (1160 cals)

2. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes* (regular-size biscuit: 1090 cals, large-size biscuit: 1150 cals)

3. Strawberry Triple Thick Shake, 32 oz. (1110 cals)

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4. Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon (800 cals)

5. Big Breakfast, large-size biscuit (800 cals)

6. Angus Bacon & Cheese (790 cals)

7. Angus Mushroom & Swiss (770 cals)

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8. Angus Deluxe (750 cals)


9. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (740 cals)

10. Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel (710 cals)

*For those who aren't familiar, the "Big Breakfast with Hotcakes" includes a biscuit, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and, of course, hotcakes.


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