Wednesday, August 23, 2006


"There are limits to self-indulgence, none to restraint." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Last weekend Sherri's niece suggested picking up ice cream from McDonald's for the rest of the family so Sherri took down every one's order and the two left to pick up our ice cream treats.

Not wanting to be left out, and seriously craving something sweet I ordered a Oreo McFlurry. I enjoyed ever morsel until early the next day when I started to consider just exactly what kinda damage a treat like that might do. Determined to find out this is what I found out online:

McDonald's Oreo McFlurry Nutritional Information:

Calories = 560
Calories From Fat = 150
Total Fat (g) = 16
Saturated Fat (g) = 9
Trans Fat (g) = 2
Cholesterol (mg) = 50
Sodium (mg) = 250
Carbohydrates = 88
Fibre (g) = 0
Sugar (g) = 71
Protein (g) = 14
Vitamin A (IU) = 20
Vitamin C (IU) = 0
Calcium (mg) = 45
Iron (mg) = 10

So my McFlurry contained as much calories as a full meal, 1/2 days fat (most of which was saturated or trans) and enough sugary carbs to send my blood sugar soring through the roof.

And you're probably asking where I found this information? Well its straight of the 'Food, Nutrition & Fitness' of McDonald's homepage. Why would they want someone to have access to this information? McDonald's tells us:
"We provide a nutrition analysis of our menu items to help you balance your McDonald's meal with other foods you eat. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make sensible decisions about balance, variety and moderation in your diet."

- McDonald's
What really blew me away was that McDonald's had something to say about fitness, but after a thorough search of the 'Food, Nutrition & Fitness' section I wasn't able to locate any words of wisdom from Ronald on fitness.....which is just as well because I can't imagine that it would be easy to exercise or play sports in big floppy red shoes.




Anonymous Fitness Mantra said...

ah sir squishy!
thou hast succumbed to thy sweet tooth! :-)
yes - these desserts are best eaten shared with a loved one.
71g of sugar? sweeeeet!

ps: i responded to your comment - thank for the same.

12:37 a.m.  

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