before i get going with this post, let me first say i'm not an all out mcdonald's hater. there are exactly three things i will eat and enjoy at mcdonald's: diet cokes, the southwest chicken salad (grilled) and egg mcmuffins. so i'm not a hater and being a self-proclaimed mcmuffin lover, i should be happy about the new mcdonald's 250 calorie egg mcmuffin with egg whites, right? a calorie counter's dream, right????
but i'm not excited and i won't be going through the drive thru to get one any time soon.
|is 250 calories worth what's inside?|
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here's why i'm not buying into the 250 calorie hype:
less calories doesn't mean better for you. it doesn't always mean something is instantly healthier or better for you.
i shake my head at all the health gurus and diet stars that seemed to go gaga over this egg white egg mcmuffin (hungry girl, i'm talking about you!). take a look at the ingredients in the egg mcmuffin (note that this is the current egg mcmuffin, and not the egg white version, as it's not yet on mcdonald's website):
Egg McMuffin Ingredients:
English Muffin, Egg, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Canadian Style Bacon, Liquid Margarine
only 5 things? that doesn't sound so bad, right? why am i getting my panties all in a bunch? because what you don't see immediately listed is all the ingredients that actually go into the above 5 ingredients. dig a little deeper into mcdonald's full ingredient list and you'll find the below in an egg mcmuffin:
1) English Muffin: - (Prepared with Liquid Margarine)
Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Yeast, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Calcium Citrate, Yellow
Corn Flour, Corn Meal, Rice Flour, Barley Malt, Artificial Flavors, Natural Flavors (Botanical Source), Dough Conditioners (Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Datem,
Tricalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Calcium Peroxide), Calcium Propionate And Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin.
2) Egg: - (Prepared with Liquid Margarine)
USDA Grade A Eggs.
3) Pasteurized Process American Cheese:
Milk, Cream, Water, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Acetic
Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Natural Flavor (Dairy Source), Color Added, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation).
4) Canadian Style Bacon:
Pork, Water, Sugar, Salt, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Sodium Diacetate And Sodium Nitrite (Preservatives).
5) Liquid Margarine:
Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium
Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).
just look at all those ingredients that you can't pronounce. i'm thankful the egg is just plain old egg, even though it's cooked in whatever that liquid margarine crap is.
i'm no saint you guys - i eat these things every once 'n' awhile and i love them, but i just want people to think twice before they glorify a smaller calorie option thinking its automatically better or healthier. most of the time, a lot of artificial crap is used as a substitute to make a food "low cal" or "fat free" or "sugar free" and when you're stuffing your body with this stuff, you're not being any healthier than you were before!
so what do you think? are you loving the new egg white egg mcmuffin? do you care about all the other ingredients, within the ingredients? do you think i've spent an unnecessary amount of time on my soapbox with this post? ;)