McDonald’s Philippines Nutrition Facts

At long last, McDonald’s Philippines decided to “drop the bomb” and reveal the nutrition information about the food they serve.  Caution: I guarantee you won’t be looking at that burger the same way again after reading this, so if you’re ready for the hard truth, please proceed…


Disclaimer (from to the flyer that you may get at McDonald’s stores): the nutrition information is based on average data from standard product formulation.  Actual serving size and nutrient value may vary due to analytical methods, local suppliers, assembling, formulation changes or natural variation of raw materials.  This information is correct as of March 2010.  In short, these are just estimates.

Because of the number of items offered by McDonald’s, I decided to just post the top and bottom three with the most and least amount of calories and sodium (where applicable), by categories presented in the leaflet.

Burgers

Energy
(kCal)
Sodium
(mg)
Quarter Pounder with Cheese 560 1,390
Big Mac 510 1,080
Double Cheeseburger 420 1,260
Hamburger 240 560
Burger McDo 250 760
Cheeseburger 290 810
McChicken 340 700
Filet-O-Fish 340 740

You may notice that calories aren’t directly proportional to sodium (salt) content.  Cheese contributes a lot of sodium so you may want to take it easy.  Quarter Pounder with Cheese is consistent with having the highest amount of calories and sodium, while consistently of the other side of the spectrum is Hamburger.

Chicken and Pasta

Energy
(kCal)
Sodium
(mg)
Crispy Chicken Fillet with Rice 450 750
6pc McNuggets 320 770
Chicken McDo 310 700
McSpaghetti 270 730

McSpaghetti is interesting because it has the lowest calorie in the list, but because of the cheese it has one of the highest sodium content.

Breakfast

Energy
(kCal)
Sodium
(mg)
2pc Hotcakes with Sausage (served with butter and syrup) 520 1,080
Big Breakfast 480 1,110
Big Breakfast with Muffin 470 1,060
Sausage Egg Muffin 390 1,210
Sausage Muffin 320 1,150
Plain Muffin 160 300
Hamdesal 230 580
Hamdesal with Cheese 280 830
2pc Hotcakes (served with butter and syrup) 410 470
Hash Browns 320 580

What’s strange about this table though is that Big Breakfast with Muffin has fewer calories than without Muffin!  Is it a typo, or do they serve Big Breakfast slightly smaller with Muffin?  Also, be wary that many on this list exceed 1,000mg sodium.

Desserts

Energy
(kCal)
Sodium
(mg)
McFlurry Oreo 370 190
Hot Fudge
Caramel Sundae
270 130
Mini Apple Pie 170 125
Plain Sundae 170 75
Chocolate Dip 170 65
Vanilla Cone 110 55

Not much room as far as desserts are concerned, but given the small serving and high calories you should take McFlurry Oreo sparingly.  Vanilla cone is your best option in this list, calorie-wise.

Beverages

Energy
(kCal)
Large Coke/Sprite 260
Medium Coke
Medium Sprite
190
200
Regular Coke/Sprite 140
Nestea Lemon Iced Tea
Eight O’clock Orange
150
Del Monte Pineapple 130

When it comes to beverages, it’s not so trivial: the larger the serving, the higher the calories.  And to soda drinkers out there, Sprite interestingly has more calories than Coke!  Also, notice that a serving of iced tea or orange juice actually has more calories than a regular serving of regular soda!  I guess pineapple juice is still the best choice among the selection, but if you’re absolutely concerned about calories but don’t want to settle for water, the “light” and “zero” sodas are your way to go with zero (0) calories.

Fries

Energy
(kCal)
Sodium
(mg)
Large Fries 490 450
Medium Fries 310 290
Regular Fries 210 190

Fries are quite simple, the bigger the serving, the higher the calories and sodium.  Better share! 😀

No info on the ketchup 😦

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To put these calories into running perspective, a 130lb person running 5K in half an hour would burn around 233 calories—that basically just covers the burger!  Of course the heavier you are, or the more effort you exert, or the longer you run, the higher your calorie burn would be.  Depending on your goal you’d have an idea on how much calorie “budget” your workout entitled you with.

In terms of sodium intake, the World Health Organization recommends less than 2 grams (2,000mg) of sodium per day for adults (individuals 16 years of age or older).¹  The recommended intake of sodium for adults should be adjusted downward based on the energy requirements of children relative to those of adults.  In terms of salt, a gram (1,000mg) of salt is equal to 0.4 grams (400mg) of sodium; or inversely, a gram of sodium is equal to 2.5 grams (2,500mg) of salt.²

Big Mac: 510 kCal

I shared this information not to deter anyone from eating from fast foods, but instead to eat wisely especially if you’re concerned about your caloric intake.  This nutritional guide may help you from starving yourself if fast food is your only convenient choice.  To the untrained eye, you can’t really tell how much calories a food has just by looking at it, and nutrition guides like these help us make a smarter decision.  I salute McDonald’s Philippines for bringing this initiative to the country, and I dare other fast food chain to follow suit.

References:

¹ Guideline: Sodium intake for adults and children
² Salt: the facts

 

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. gailcons says:

    I don’t think I want to eat McDonald’s anymore… Nah…I still will. Haha! What’s interesting also is that a cheeseburger contains lesser calories than a McChicken sandwich! Cheeseburger it is!!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Most, if not all, cafes and restaurants in the U.S. have a separate “menu” listing all the nutrition facts of the food and beverage they serve. Kudos to McDonald’s Philippines for doing this. I think all other food joints should follow suit 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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  3. BatangMcdo says:

    It’s better if there’s also an info regarding Protein.

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    1. dhenztm says:

      There is on the leaflet which you can get at stores 🙂

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  4. Sey says:

    Woah! Thanks for sharing this. I love McChicken Burger. I will still eat this but maybe I’ll just limit myself. Wish I could.

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  5. jor says:

    About the big breakfast w/o muffin – It comes with rice

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  6. My says:

    McNuggets is too yummy to resist so I always try to run for a longer time the following day after eating McDo in exchange of this guilty pleasure.

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  7. Boneless Bangus says:

    Mcmuffin paradox.. probably not a typo.. It may have something to do with the way they computed the caloric value.. they did it by weight maybe?.. anyway, there is a minimal difference so its not that significant.
    The sodium is surprising.. i didn’t expect the pancakes to carry over 1000mg of sodium. Where did all that salt come from??

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    1. mark says:

      @ Boneless Bangus
      2 pcs hotcakes with butter and syrup 410 mg sodium.

      2 pcs hotcakes with butter and syrup, and sausage 1,080 mg sodium.

      I think we can conclude that the sausage contributed to the high sodium content since 2 pcs pancakes merely contain 410 mg of sodium. Nothing surprising here.

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  8. Luis says:

    Wow,Sodium is way to high,No wonder Hypertension is widespread in this country, why can’t Jolibee do the same? Are they afraid that they might lose customers?

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Having a list like this commissioned for your products is a bit expensive, and they’re not required by any law in the Philippines to do such.

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  9. Miguel says:

    is there a protein content on their hamburgers?

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Yes it has, but it’s outside the scope of this post. Get a copy of the leaflet from McDonald’s for the complete listing.

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  10. MA. TERESA G. JARAMILLO says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING THE NUTRITIONAL FACTS ABOUT THE MCDONALDS PRODUCTS AND SO HAPPY TO KNOW THE SODIUM CONTENTS OF THE PRODUCTS!!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

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  11. Robt says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this subject here on your web site.

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    1. dhenztm says:

      You’re welcome! (Was it a Big Mac? :D)

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  12. Fat Midget says:

    Be careful of the Chicken McDo meal… based on MyFitness Pal, the caloric value they give is for the chicken part only, without rice. So adding rice puts the total to almost 500cals? 😦

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  13. malds says:

    320 kcal for my fave nuggets hmmm….

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  14. Mikko says:

    For the Big Breakfast with Muffin / without Muffin thing, rice kasi yung kasama nung without muffin, fried rice pa at that so talagang mas mataas ang calories nun.

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  15. KING says:

    Its better to eat at macdonalds 1 month 1-3 times only not everyday or else ahaha

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  16. Beamelle says:

    I won’t have problems with this coz I seldom eat out. It’s like once or twice a month. If ever, I only have halo-halo most of the time. It won’t have salt and MSG in it. Does Mcdo have halo-halo?

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    1. dhenztm says:

      McDonald’s Philippines does not serve any native food, but it’s only here that they serve Spaghetti 🙂

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  17. billy says:

    please also put the sodium content into perspective. how much of it does our body need or not need. thanks

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Updated, thank you for the suggestion! 🙂
      If you want to be thorough, you may read my reference (WHO): http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guidelines/sodium_intake_printversion.pdf

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  18. FITBOY says:

    Hot Fudge! 🙂

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  19. B says:

    Is there info on the longganisa breakfast meal? Thanks!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      It should be there in the flyer from McDonald’s, just grab a copy from the nearest branch

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  20. nikka says:

    The ketchcup, sugar and cream packets have approx 60 calories per packet.

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