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Pick and Pass: McDonald's Cheeseburger or Salad?

September 8, 2011

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Which is the better choice for fueling your high performance bodya McDonald’s double cheeseburger or a McDonald's premium salad?

McDouble Cheeseburger

Nutrition Totals*

  • Calories: 390
  • Protein: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fat: 19g

Fast Food Burger

Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken and Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing

Nutrition Totals*

  • Calories: 620
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Fat: 36g

Southwest Salad

The Verdict
Unlike other fast food burgers, the McDouble keeps it simple—two 100-percent beef patties, a bun, cheese, pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard. The resulting burger offers muscle-building protein, carbs for energy and a moderate amount of unhealthy fat, making it the option to pick.

Although salads are generally considered healthy, such is not the case with the Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken and Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing. It packs in 620 calories and more than 50 percent of your daily fat allowance, so take a pass on this option. However, you can make this salad healthier by substituting grilled chicken for fried chicken and drizzling low-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead of Paul Newman Ranch.

*Nutrition totals per recommended serving

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
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