McNuggets? Not so much.
Look, you know McDonald's isn't exactly the destination for quick, nutritious eats. But whether you're craving drive-thru food or stuck hangry on the road with few snack options, sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.
That said, if you're trying to keep it healthy, certain menu picks are certainly better than others.
Some of the major issues with McDonald's famous fast eats? Loads of saturated fats and added sugars, which are linked to heart disease and inflammation, respectively, says dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It.
In addition to those two undesirable factors, most menu items are also packed with an exorbitant amount of salt. “The sodium in some of these menu items is crazy,” Taub-Dix says.
If consumed in excess (anything more than the American Heart Association's recommended 1,500 milligrams a day), sodium can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and a slew of other serious conditions. Considering the average American consumes twice the recommended amount of sodium daily (according to the AHA), ordering McNuggets, fries, and a McFlurry to keep you from getting cranky on your next road trip suddenly doesn't seem like such a great idea.
Luckily, not all of the McDonald's menu nutrition is quite as ominous. In fact, McD's has quite a few lesser evils you can choose from. Here, Taub-Dix shares the 10 best eats to pick from the next time you find yourself at the drive-thru.