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What is the healthiest thing to eat at McDonald’s South Africa?

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McDonald’s South Africa

If you’re reading this, then the chances are that you’re on a diet (or at least attempting) but still getting cravings for McDonald’s unhealthy goodness. If so, we’ve got you covered with the details on what you can get at McDonald’s but still remain as healthy as possible.

Yeah, we know it’s hard and don’t get us wrong, nothing you’re going to see here is technically healthy. But when it comes to McDonald’s sometimes we’ve all just got to do what we’ve got to do.

What is the healthiest thing on the McDonald’s South Africa menu?

The healthiest main meal at McDonald’s:

You may have thought you could dodge a few calories by going for nuggets instead of a burger on a bun. You would have thought very wrong.

The healthiest option at McDonald’s out of all of their burgers (beef, chicken and fish) and nuggets is basically a tie. The beef hamburger (yes, obviously the smallest burger on the menu) comes in at 1072 calories.

If you insist on chicken, though, you can get the jalapeno chicken single burger for 1078.

A surprising/not so surprising fact: The crispy chicken salad has more kilojoules than either of the above burgers

These mains are all without drinks and fries

Nutritional information for McDonald’s hamburger:

  • Calories: 383
  • Kilojoules: 1072
  • Carbs: 29.2g
  • Fat: 9.1g
  • Sodium: 605mg

On the side

McDonald’s South Africa only lists two sides on their menu. The one is a Corn Cup and the other is the McFries. No surprises this time, the corn is by far the healthier of the two. The Corn comes in at 351 kilojoules while a small McFries is 1431.

If you went for a large McFries, you would be consuming a whopping 684 calories. Chips go straight to our hips, people.

Nutritional information for McDonald’s small McFries:

  • Calories: 342
  • Kilojoules: 1431
  • Carbohydrates: 41.5g
  • Fat: 17.9g
  • Sodium: 305mg

Something sweet

If you’re looking for a small burger, small chips and small dessert then you surely can’t be on a diet. If you still want the least fattening option when it comes to McDonald’s desserts, you won’t be able to go with any of their “exclusive” options.

No apple pie and definitely not a McFlurry or shake. Instead, you can have a plain Ice Cream Cone. No chocolate stick (Flake) and no dipped cones either.

Nutritional information for McDonald’s Ice Cream Cone:

  • Calories: 144
  • Kilojoules: 604
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 78mg

Adults require around 8 700kJ per day, including 70g of fat, 310g of carbohydrates and 2300mg of sodium, on average. These amounts obviously change depending on our body type, lifestyle and multiple other factors.

Also read: What is the healthiest thing to eat at KFC South Africa?

In terms of looking at that mighty Mac menu and having the strength to pick the smallest, healthiest option, we wish you all the best of luck.