Best & Worst

Best & Worst Breakfast at McDonald’s

Find out if your McDonald's breakfast favorite, whether it's the Egg McMuffin or hash brown, is the best choice to fuel your morning.

Best & Worst

Best & Worst Breakfast at McDonald’s

Find out if your McDonald's breakfast favorite, whether it's the Egg McMuffin or hash brown, is the best choice to fuel your morning.

For a burger-slinging fast-food joint, McDonald’s sure attracts the breakfast-loving crowd.

In fact, the Egg McMuffin alone—which turns 42 this year—makes up 25 percent of the Golden Arches’ total sales! Since the inception of McDonald’s first breakfast sandwich, they’ve added a slew of new morning menu items ranging from solid fallback fuel (oatmeal) to calorie comas (anything called a “big breakfast”). Next time you’re staring down the drive-thru intercom, turn to our best pick to energize your morning and whittle your waistline:

Eat This!

Egg White Delight

Calories

250

Fat

8 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Sodium

770 mg

Carbs

30 g

Fiber

4 g

Sugar

3 g

Protein

18 g

Not That!

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (and a Large Size Biscuit)

Calories

1,150

Fat

60 g

Saturated Fat

20 g

Sodium

2,260 mg

Carbs

116 g

Fiber

7 g

Sugar

17 g

Protein

36 g

You’d be hard pressed to find a breakfast any worse for you than the McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hotcakes. Opting for this gluttonous dish will fill your body with a day’s worth of sodium and fat, more a half a day’s worth of calories and enough carbs to put you to sleep. Though both meals serve up the meat, fluffy bread and eggs you crave, our “Eat This” pick has 900 fewer calories, a fraction of the artery-clogging fat and about one-third of the belly-bloating salt–without sacrificing flavor. And you can leave the drive-thru knowing the protein and fiber will keep you full and focused until lunchtime.

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