by Victoria Simpson
You’ve heard the news: McDonald’s is about to start serving its breakfast menu round the clock. Such a great thing for those of us who sometimes wake up at 3pm and need a breakfast burrito, like something bad.
According to online sources, customers have been asking for all-day breakfast to appear on the menu for years, but the mega restaurant hasn’t given in.
This year, according to the Wall Street Journal, McDonald’s began testing the change in March and the results of those trials along with three years of decreasing sales seem to have changed some minds at head office when looking at 24 hour bacon and eggs.
Is it going to be a good move for the fast-food leviathan? Time will tell. It remains to be seen if the move will garner McDonald’s new fans, or if it will just have the same customers eating different items at different times.
Some points to note:
The menu changes will come with a cost. According to recent articles, raw eggs can’t come in contact with burgers and so more grills will need to be installed in each restaurant and the company will also need more toasters as buns and muffins are warmed up at different temperatures. Difficulties.
Also, rumor has it that the menu will be adjusted to suit the tastes of local communities, and not all breakfast items will be available at all times, everywhere.
But still, the 3pm Egg McMuffin is coming. So what does this mean for our bodies?
To help you make your fast-food decisions more wisely, here is a reminder of some of the best and worst items for your health in terms of calories and grams of fat, available for consumption on the Mickey D’s breakfast menu. The choice is up to you.
Eatingwell.com says that the Egg McMuffin is the healthiest breakfast sandwich on the menu with just 300 calories, 5 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein and 820 mg sodium. The site states that “this basic breakfast sandwich has fewer calories and less saturated fat than any of the McDonald’s options with sausage, bacon or served on biscuits or McGriddles®.” Good to know.
Eatingwell.com also believes that the McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle is the worst breakfast sandwich on the menu with 560 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein and 1,360 mg of sodium.
Best Hot Drink
One of the best hot drinks seems to be a small non-fat cappuccino, which comes in at just 60 calories and 0 grams of fat.
Worst Hot Drink
One of the worst hot drinks we could find was a large hot chocolate which has 460 calories and 18 (count ‘em!) grams of fat.
One sausage burrito has 16 grams of fat.
If you don’t care if you have a breakfast sandwich or not, but you want to have one of the healthiest items, here is a list of the best top 5, according to dailymeal.com, from a calorie standpoint:
General Top 5 Healthiest Breakfast Items
1) Egg White Delight McMuffin. Calories: 250. Fat: 7 grams
2) Egg McMuffin. Calories: 300. Fat: 13 grams
3) Sausage McMuffin. Calories: 370. Fat: 23 grams
4) Sausage McGriddle. Calories: 420. Fat: 22 grams
5) Steak, Egg, & Cheese McMuffin. Calories: 430. Fat: 23 grams
The all-day breakfast menu will not be available in Canada.
What gives, eh??
It WILL be available all-day on October 6th, 2015 at McDonald’s more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants.