McDonald's Highest Fat Content Menu Items

Symbolized as Worst of Fast Food, McDonald's Brand Value Diminishes

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Question: What are the Worst McDonald's Menu Food Items for Fat Calories and Fat Content?

What are the worst McDonald's menu food items for fat calories? Which McDonald's food choices have the highest amount of fat content? At a time in human evolution when both obesity and health consciousness are growing, these are two of the most frequently asked questions in the international countries where McDonald's restaurants do business.



Answer: Many foods on the McDonald's menu have high fat content.

While there is a considerable amount of conflicting research about the consequences of a high-fat diet, it is generally agreed that a high-fat diet of processed fat foods isn't the healthiest choice over the long-term.  Certainly it can be agreed that consuming a McDonald's Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, which delivers a whopping 96% of the recommended intake of fat calories (based on a 2,000 calorie diet), is not the healthiest way to start each day.

This is problematic for the value of the McDonald's brand, which has come to symbolize the worst that the U.S. fast food industry has to offer in terms of nutrition.  The leaders and marketing teams at McDonald's have recently been working hard to re-position the McDonald's brand in the minds of consumers as a restaurant chain with healthy dining options.

But as all of the largest U.S. retail chains and restaurants are finding out, branding is no longer about convincing customers with slick advertising campaigns.

 Rather it is about delivering on the promises of the brand.  In this case, what McDonald's promises and what McDonald's delivers are two different things when it comes to healthy food choices.

The risks associated with eating too much fat include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and of course, obesity, according to the Mayo Clinic.

 And yet a single McDonald's menu item can have nearly 90% of the recommended daily intake of fat grams.

Below is a list of the top ten worst McDonald's menu food items for fat calories. The list is arranged according to fat content, with the highest trans fat food items listed first.

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Top Ten Worst McDonald's Menu Food Items for Fat Content and Fat Calories:

Chicken McNuggets (40 piece)
2016 - 118g of fat

Chicken McNuggets (20 piece)
2016 - 91g of fat

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
2016 - 56g of fat
2012 - 56g of fat
87% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Big Breakfast (Large Size Biscuit)
2016 - 52g of fat

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes and Egg Whites (Large Biscuit)
2016 - 50g of fat

Big Breakfast with Regular Size Biscuit
2016 - 48g of fat
2012 - 48g of fat
74% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes and Egg Whites (Regular Size Biscuit)
2016 - 46g of fat

Quarter Pounder with Cheese
2016 - 43g of fat

Big Breakfast with Egg Whites (Large Size Biscuit)
2016 - 41g of fat

Bacon Clubhouse Burger
2016 - 41g of fat

- 64% of the fat DV

Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
2016 - 70g of fat
2012 - 42g of fat
65% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Angus Mushroom and Swiss
40g of fat
61% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Angus Deluxe
39g of fat
60% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Angus Bacon and Cheese
39g of fat
60% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

McFlurry with Reese's
37g of fat
58% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Sausage Biscuit with Egg
33g of fat
50% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddle
32g of fat
49% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich
29g of fat
45% of recommended daily fats for the average adult

As part of the nutrition information McDonald's provides online, the total fat grams for each menu item is included, along with a breakdown of the saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol that comprises the total fat content.  This information is not provided out of the concern of the McDonald's Senior Executives for public health, but rather as a mandate from the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses with more than 20 locations to calculate and publish the nutritional content for all of their menu item foods.  

Most medical professionals agree that "zero" is the recommended Daily Value (DV) for trans fats.  In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration *FDA took partially hydrogenated oils that are the source of artificial trans fats off the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) foods list.

Years later, the signature McDonald's Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, and Shakes which helped make the McDonald's brand valuable and globally famous all still contain more trans fats than it is recommended that any human should consume in one day.  Which means that some of the most popular McDonald's meal combinations could literally be life-threatening when consumed in significant quantities over time..  

Worst McDonald's Menu Food Items for Trans Fat Content:

Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese
2016 - 2.5g Trans Fat

Bacon Clubhouse Burger
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Frappe Caramel (Large)
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Frappe Chocolate Chip (Large)
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Quarter Pounder With Cheese
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Quarter Pounder Deluxe
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel
2016 - 1.5g Trans Fat

Big Mac
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Bacon McDouble
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Chicken McNuggets (40 pack)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Chocolate McCafe Shake (small, medium, or large)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Strawberry McCafe Shake (small, medium or large)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Vanilla McCafe Shake (small, medium or large)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Daily Double
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Double Cheeseburger
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Frappe Caramel (Small. Medium)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Frappe Chocolate Chip (Small, Medium)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Frappe Mocha (Smal, Medium, or Large)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Mac Snack Wrap
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

McDouble
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Oreo Frappe (Small, Medium, or Large)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Jalapeno Double
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Shamrock McCafe Shake (small)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Steak & Egg Biscuit (Regular Biscuit)
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

Steak & Egg McMuffin
2016 - 1g Trans Fat

In June, 2015, the FDA gave food manufacturers three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) completely from any food that is intended to be consumed by a human being.  Companies that want to use PHOs after 2018 will have to get specific approval from the FDA to do so.  

It wouldn't be a surprise to most people if McDonald's was a company to seek that approval.  PHOs are cost-effective to use, and to many McDonald's regulars, tasty to eat.  In fact, it is the trans fat content of the most popular McDonald's signature food items that contributes to its signature McDonald's "I'm Lovin' It" taste.   

McDonald's is very happy to brag about replacing the partially hydrogenated oils it had been using to cook its signature french fries way back in 2007.  This is a good start, but a one of the oldest U.S. retail franchises, the McDonald's brand has a long history to shake before it can overcome the bad image created by its shakes.