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The Top Swap at McDonald’s

The world-famous burger baron has come a long way since the publication of Fast Food Nation—at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats are gone from its oils, the number of calorie bombs has been reduced, and there are more healthy options, such as salads and yogurt parfaits, than ever. Still, too many of the breakfast and lunch items still top the 500-calorie mark, and the dessert menu is a total mess.

Top Swap

The Top Swap at McDonald’s

The world-famous burger baron has come a long way since the publication of Fast Food Nation—at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats are gone from its oils, the number of calorie bombs has been reduced, and there are more healthy options, such as salads and yogurt parfaits, than ever. Still, too many of the breakfast and lunch items still top the 500-calorie mark, and the dessert menu is a total mess.

Eat This

Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich

Calories

450

Fat

15 g

Saturated fat

4.5 g

Sodium

1,230 mg

Not That!

Premium Crispy Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich

Calories

610

Fat

28 g

Saturated fat

6 g

Sodium

1,400 mg

The beauty of a grilled chicken breast: Its super-low calorie count leaves room for splurge-worthy toppings like bacon and ranch dressing. Just be sure to stay away from the Crispy version of this sandwich. The price you pay for going fried over grilled at Mickey D’s is an extra 160 calories and 13 grams of fat.

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