McDonald’s $1 Breakfast Burritos

Here is the nutritional information for McDonald’s $1 Egg and Sausage Burrito:

  • 300 Calories
  • 16 g Total Fat 25 %
  • 12 g Protein
  • 26 g Total Carbs 9 %

Up until 2 weeks ago (today) was eating two of these for breakfast. Not a bad deal at $2. Tasty, too.

Let’s double the numbers and see what we get:

  • 600 Calories
  • 32 g Total Fat 50 %
  • 24 g Protein
  • 52 g Total Carbs 18 %

A couple of observations here.

  1. Removing the 600 calories a day would result in under one pound a week of weight loss. I should have only lost 2 lbs in the past two weeks. But I’ve lost 14 lbs. Calorie counting doesn’t work.
  2. The claim that the two burritos are half my day’s fat is based on the old “low fat” diet model.
  3. No recommended daily amount of protein. Interesting.
  4. Most disturbing is the suggestion that I should eat more than 250 grams of carbs a day.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) numbers are (The Recommended Daily Intake of Calories, Carbs, Fat, Sodium & Protein).

Carbohydrates – 45 to 65 percent of your total calories
Saturated fats to no more than 10 percent of calories
Protein 0.8 grams of protein per kilograms

So if you eat 2000 calories a day they are recommending 900-1300 calories from carbohydrates. That’s 225 – 300 grams of carbs a day. This is deadly advice and the government should get it by now. There’s more than enough evidence that this level is just way too high. And telling Americans to get their carbs from non-refined sources doesn’t match what they see in the supermarket. Substituting wheat bread for white doesn’t do it.


Author: Doug

I'm an Engineer who is also a science geek. I was pre-diabetic in 1996 and became a diabetic in 2003. I decided to figure out how to hack my diabetes and in 2016 found the ketogetic diet which reversed my diabetes.

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