The McDonald’s menu changes more than just about any other chain’s, and the nutritional value of its offerings vary greatly. But at the end of the day, McDonald’s is a fast-food chain, and it’s to be expected that plenty of items on it are unhealthy.
We’ve combed through their menu, and the unhealthiest items on it might surprise you.
When McDonald’s got its start back in the 1950s, the menu was quite small: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, soft drinks, and apple pie were available, and that’s it. Those items are still on the menu today, and while they might not carry much nutritional value (save for the lettuce and tomato on the burgers), all things considered, they weren’t that bad for you. A hamburger contains nine grams of fat and 250 calories; a cheeseburger contains 12 grams of fat and 300 calories; a small order of fries contains just five grams of fat and 100 calories; a 12-ounce Coke contains 100 calories; and an apple pie contains 13 grams of fat and 250 calories. A 12-ounce shake is surprisingly the unhealthiest of all the original menu items; it contains 15 grams of fat and 530 calories.