We’ve been hearing about all these athletes shifting to plant-based food diets, eating less processed foods, and really converting to healthy nutrition. But as for wide receiver Devonta Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles, it is the complete opposite. McDonald’s is his pregame meal.
Devonta eats a pre-game meal consisting of a Chicken McGriddle sandwich, two hash browns, OJ, and fruit. The McGriddle sandwich originally is an egg and cheese with bacon or sausage using pancakes as buns. It is 430 calories. However, you can substitute the sausage, egg, and bacon for a fried chicken patty. The buns are mini pancakes that contain maple syrup crystals that melt when heated. McDonald’s created them precisely this way, so the sandwich was not sloppy when eating it with your hands.
Totaling up Devonta’s pre-game calories adds up to a whopping 880-1000 calories. But when you think about it, eating this as an athlete once or twice a week (I hope he can get it on away games, too), it’s not so bad. There are also some professional swimmers who ate McDonald’s fast food before their swim meet. So, there must be something about McDonald’s and energy.
Smith is 170 pounds. He will practically burn it all off depending on the amount of time he plays in a game. NFL receivers expend between 800 to 1,000 calories during an NFL game.
We captured Chad Johnson’s love for McDonald’s in 2017
Can Devonta’s Diet Withstand the Test of Time?
Devonta is 23 years old and a rookie wide receiver. Being 23 years old, you can kind of eat whatever you want. But when you get up there at an age like Tom Brady, being 44 years old, things start to change a little bit. They actually change after the age of 30. And you will have to have more nutrition maturity.
Some of the significant issues with Devonta’s McDonalds diet are; sodium, trans fat, and sugar. When you combine his food choices from McDonald’s; the McGriddle, hash browns, OJ, and fruit, some totals, are good. But the other important ones like sodium, are bad.
The total fat he consumes is 31g, and the saturated fat is 6.5g. They, are ok. Saturated fat is good for you up to 15g a day. It is eating excessive saturated fat that is bad for you. However, there is 1.5g of trans fat, which is not good. Ideally, you want 0g.
There is 243mg of cholesterol and 1,500mg of sodium in his pre-game meal. The total limit for cholesterol each day is 200mg and 2,300mg for sodium. However, this is way too much to consume in one meal even though it is within the limit. Too much sodium at one time is similar to eating excess.
The total amount of sugar is 46g. Only 24g is the recommended limit for sugar each day.
He can also dunk!
You have to remember this is a pre-game meal that he eats before games, not every day. It sounds ok if it is a once or twice a week thing. It’s probably not bad for somebody playing professional sports. This type of diet for the general population is an absolute no-no because the general population does not nearly spend as many calories as Devonta does playing an NFL game. Also, you must remember he has practice and trains from 3-5 hours, sometimes more a day.
So, what he’s not burning off in a game, he’s probably burning off at practice during the week. But like I said, there may be residual effects from sugar, sodium, trans fat, and cholesterol that may be problematic, even for a 23-year-old.