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Best & Worst McFlurry at McDonald's

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Sometimes a frozen yogurt or a low-cal cone won’t hit the spot, and your eyes wander to more elaborate ice-cream desserts.

You know that one wrong choice can erase the calories you burned in a workout or two, but there’s good news: some indulgences aren’t as bad as you might think. Witness the McFlurry, McDonalds’ ice cream dessert swirled with M&Ms or Oreos. The right choice can fit nicely into your cheat day; the wrong one can set you up for a cheat week.

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Snack Size McFlurry with Oreo Cookies

Calories

340

Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Carbs

53 g

Sugar

43 g

Not That!

McFlurry with M&Ms Chocolate Candies

Calories

650

Fat

23 g

Saturated Fat

14 g

Carbs

96 g

Sugar

89 g

It’s no shock that a snack-size dessert is a better choice than its regular-size counterpart, but in the case of the McFlurry, you might be surprised to see how many calories you’re saving. Swapping a regular M&M for the one-third-smaller snack-size Oreo version saves you 310 calories, or the equivalent of a cheeseburger or a medium order of French fries!

Mickey D’s most consistent McFlurry mix-ins are Oreos and M&Ms, although special flavors pop up from time to time. Surprisingly, the cookies are the better choice in either size. (Putting the snack sizes head-to-head, the Oreo McFlurry has 90 fewer calories and 25% less fat than the M&M version.) Alas, while studies involving M&Ms have taught us various ways to stay slim, none of the conclusions involved scarfing them in McDonald’s ice cream.



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