The facts that show you that it’s not McDonald’s that causes you to gain weight, but another factor

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I’m pretty sure many of us have heard of this before: McDonald’s is unhealthy. Avoid fastfood restaurant because they’ll cause you to gain weight.

How much truth is there in these statements? Let’s take a look based solely on facts. Before that, one needs to know that in order to gain weight, one must take in more calories than one burn. In other words, calories is the key metrics to determine whether one will gain weight.

Breakfast Example:
Chicken Muffin = Calories: 390
Roti Prata (1 egg + 1 kosong) = Calories: 411
One of the meals that we often take in coffeeshops is roti prata. Take a look at this: the number of calories is more for roti prata than chicken muffin. Oh, so it’s not true after all?

Lunch Example:
McChicken Meal (comprises McChicken, Medium Fries and Medium Coke) = Calories: 984
Chicken Rice with Medium Coke = Calories: 831
Both are chicken meals. Granted that there are about one hundred more calories in a hawker chicken rice, but if you think about it, between these two, which one fill up your stomach more?

Dinner Example:
Filet-O-Fish Meal (comprises Filet-O-Fish, Medium Fries and Medium Coke) = Calories: 922
Fish Porridge with Medium Coke = Calories: 471
Both are fish dishes, and the difference is large. But wait… why the big difference now?

I’m not sure if you get the idea ; if not, let Captain Obvious spell it out for you: it’s not that McDonald’s, or any fastfood restaurant, that causes you to gain weight. It all boils down to one word: your choice. Because here’s another example of the same hawker food and different McDonald’s choices:

Sunrise Roll™ Chicken Ham = Calories: 241
Roti Prata (1 egg + 1 kosong) = Calories: 411

McChicken Meal (comprises McChicken, Corn Cup (3oz) and Medium Coke Light) = Calories: 451
Chicken Rice with Medium Coke = Calories: 831

Filet-O-Fish Meal (comprises Filet-O-Fish, Corn Cup (3oz) and Medium Coke Light) = Calories: 389
Fish Porridge with Medium Coke = Calories: 471

McDonald’s calories sources: https://www.mcdonalds.com.sg
Local dishes calories source: http://www.nutrition.com.sg