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From “Super Size Me” to “Fast Food Nation,” the world’s most iconic fast food joint has been at the barrel end of the health crusader’s gun for over a decade. While much of the criticism aimed at McDonald’s restaurants is arguably justified (see the nutrition information for the hotcakes and large biscuit breakfast meal), not all of their menu items are nutritional abominations.


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Still, regular consumption of McDonald’s isn’t the best nutritional choice. Not only did documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s health deteriorate much faster than expected when consuming Micky D’s for 30 days straight in “Super Size Me,” but McDonald’s own employee resource page, McResource, used to warn against fast-food consumption. Since the media caught wind of this hypocrisy in 2013, the page has been taken down.

To examine the healthiness of the McDonald’s breakfast menu, the experts at HealthGrove, part of the Graphiq network, analyzed the data to rank the breakfast items by HealthGrove’s Nutrient Score. This rating system looks at the amount of good nutrients compared to the amount of bad nutrients in one serving of food.

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To rank the list and avoid ties, HealthGrove calculated nutrient scores to the nearest thousandth. The team then translated each of these scores to simple letter grades from F to A+.

Note: All breakfast items are not available at all locations.

25. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

Calories: 290
Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 58 grams
Sodium: 160mg

24. Egg White Delight

Calories: 250
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Sodium: 770mg

23. Hotcakes

Calories: 350
Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 60 grams
Sodium: 590mg

22. Sausage McMuffin

Calories: 370
Fat: 23 grams
Carbohydrates: 29 grams
Sodium: 780mg

21. Egg McMuffin

Calories: 300
Fat: 13 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Sodium: 750mg

20. Hash Brown

Calories: 150
Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
Sodium: 310mg

19. Sausage Burrito

Calories: 300
Fat: 16 grams
Carbohydrates: 26 grams
Sodium: 790mg

18. Steak & Egg McMuffin

Calories: 430
Fat: 23 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Sodium: 960mg

17. Sausage McMuffin with Egg

Calories: 450
Fat: 28 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Sodium: 860mg

16. Hotcakes and Sausage

Calories: 520
Fat: 24 grams
Carbohydrates: 61 grams
Sodium: 930mg

15. Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles

Calories: 460
Fat: 21 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams
Sodium: 1,250mg

14. Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel

Calories: 670
Fat: 35 grams
Carbohydrates: 56 grams
Sodium: 1,510mg

13. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Egg Whites (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 410
Fat: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 36 grams
Sodium: 1,300mg

12. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 460
Fat: 26 grams
Carbohydrates: 38 grams
Sodium: 1,300mg

11. Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles

Calories: 550
Fat: 31 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams
Sodium: 1,320mg

10. Southern Style Chicken Biscuit (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 410
Fat: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 41 grams
Sodium: 1,180mg

9. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes and Egg Whites (Large Biscuit)

Calories: 1,050
Fat: 50 grams
Carbohydrates: 115 grams
Sodium: 2,290mg

8. Sausage McGriddles

Calories: 420
Fat: 22 grams
Carbohydrates: 44 grams
Sodium: 1,030mg

7. Big Breakfast with Egg Whites (Large Biscuit)

Calories: 690
Fat: 41 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Sodium: 1,700mg

6. Steak & Egg Biscuit (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 540
Fat: 32 grams
Carbohydrates: 38 grams
Sodium: 1,470mg

5. Sausage Biscuit with Egg (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 510
Fat: 33 grams
Carbohydrates: 36 grams
Sodium: 1,170mg

4. Sausage Biscuit (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 430
Fat: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 34 grams
Sodium: 1,080mg

3. Big Breakfast with Egg Whites (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 640
Fat: 37 grams
Carbohydrates: 50 grams
Sodium: 1,590mg

2. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (Large Biscuit)

Calories: 1,150
Fat: 60 grams
Carbohydrates: 116 grams
Sodium: 2,260mg

1. Big Breakfast (Regular Biscuit)

Calories: 740
Fat: 48 grams
Carbohydrates: 51 grams
Sodium: 1,560mg

Which McDonald’s breakfast items are healthy, and which have supersize servings of fat and sodium? McDonald's
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