7 McDonald’s Menu Items You Should NEVER Order

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Have you ever wondered which are the most unhealthy McDonald’s items on the menu?

Because, while fast food is unhealthy as a general rule of thumb, it happens to all of us that we stop at a restaurant from time to time. And McDonald’s is actually almost everywhere across the United States. So, while we do stop there for various reasons (mostly because we need a quick meal or need some coffee), which ones are truly the worst choices you can make when it comes to eating here?

Of course, from a nutritional point of view, it is better to just cook for yourself at home (with as little oil as possible) and stop eating out. Yet, to make sure that you are making an informed choice when you stop to eat fast food, we have gathered the worst choice of items you can order from McDonald’s, from drinks to breakfast items to sandwiches! And truly, some of the things on our list are definitely going to make you do a double take!

Let us know what you like to order on your cheat days in the comments down below!

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63 thoughts on “7 McDonald’s Menu Items You Should NEVER Order”

  1. If I ate there everyday and ate only these items, I might give a damn, but I don’t! At 73 and healthy without EVER watching my DIET I eat what I want, when I want and how much I want, have never had a weight problem either. I’ll continue to do so and as regarding McDonald’s for the few times a year I eat there, will continue to do also! After all, “You only live Once”, I don’t believe there will be any McDonalds in Heaven (maybe, by your fear mongering, in Hell though?) because I don’t think they’ll be any Beef or any other animal meat there, just Manna and who knows how that will taste? Yuk!

    1. Very well said . I am 57 and still wearing size 9 junior jeans and had three babies . I do not diet and I do not over eat or exercise and nor do I watch what I eat . Thank you for your comment.

    2. You are fortunate Steve but Many in our age group have health issues from the food they eat and are having some crazy health issues that have been life changing for them and their families.

      1. Again, your problem, not mine! Live your lives how you choose, I believe in Liberty and Freedom what this country was founded on. I’m living mine my way and exercising my 1st Amendment right. While this country is still a free Country, not a totalitarian dictatorship run by “Leftists”!

        1. Steve, this is not about being able to exercise your rights. Yes, this is the free country and you may do anything with your life. You can continue eating McDonald’s or stop- your choice. This is only about how healthy, or not healthy the certain McDonald’s food is. Nobody takes your right of eating unhealthy food away from you.



    3. Capt. Pete Rosko

      Steve…Almost every word in your Dec 29 statement was a mirror image of my life. I was lean and athletic and thought I was invincible. That suddenly changed when I suffered a massive heart attack and had to be brought back to life on a hospital operating table. That was on Nov 14, 2022! Even though I was a health provider by profession, I never thought I would be a victim of a heart attack. It was only after the attack, and entering the hospital’s cardio rehab program, did I realize my stupidity. My heart attack scared the heck out of me and I will never forget the unrelenting and unimaginable pain it caused! I welcomed death to escape the agony. I loved McDonald’s fries, but not anymore. Did you know that they are the cause of many heart attacks because of their saturated fats? But, it’s a “free world” so you do not have to listen to my story because “You only live once”. On another thought, “You also usually only die once”. Dr. Pete

  2. In stead of the “fear mongering” and obsessive totalitarianism to to run everybody’s lives and control them, how about some free choice, common sense and liberty? Like Benjamin Franklin’s attitude about life, “all things in moderation” on how to enjoy this one shot earthly life. (Has worked for me, up to 73 yrs. old, except for “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll”!)

    1. I don’t see the problem with learning what the foods contain. You need information in order to Make a Common Sense Decision. Just saying.

        1. You fortunate man. So many of us eat very carefully, make it a point to exercise, and still struggle with weight issues and all the complications that go with 20, 30, 40, or more excess weight. Apparently you are like my father-in-law and he lived well to age near age 105. You must come from a good gene pool. May you continue in good health.

  3. Mcdonald’s sausage mc muffin is my favorite thing to eat for breakfast. I love them and eat them without an egg, just the sausage and some cheese. They are delicious.

    1. Agree, the fake cheese has high fat and calories. McDonalds use to sell all burgers without cheese. If you asked for cheese it was 10 cents more. Now you say no cheese you don’t even get the 10 cents off our orders still come with cheese 59% of the time.

    1. Read and heard that since the 60’s, still eat it only in the foods it’s used in. Never have ever used added sugar on anything. Even in coffee!

  4. If you get a chance, search the show called “Super Size”! A Gentleman eats Mcdonalds for 30 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ll the results? Check it out for yourself!

    1. I have ate and ordered these items from McDonald’s. But only do it in moderation. I might get the big breakfast once a week at most. Same with the lunch. Just do not over do it. One can buy a package of hamburgers for the cost of a McDonald’s hamburger meal.
      I make breakfast over 95% of the time and my meals including hamburgers with either mashed or baked potato. So do not over do it. Go elsewhere and get chicken or grinders.

    2. Again, your problem, not mine! Live your lives how you choose, I believe in Liberty and Freedom what this country was founded on. I’m living mine my way and exercising my 1st Amendment right. While this country is still a free Country, not a totalitarian dictatorship run by “Leftists”!

      1. I say this in a loving way. Being selfish and not caring about others is not of God’s ways. You should be praying for others who are less fortunate. You’re a blessed young man. Give God thanks and honor him by loving your neighbors as you Love yourself. Heaven awaits us all who gives our life to Jesus Christ,

      2. We get it Steve. Please feel free to care more about your liberty and freedoms to choose the crap you put in your body. It is absolutely your right. I’m a mom and grandma, and try to take care of myself as to not burden my family or anyone, if I can help it. That’s my choice.

  5. We shouldn’t need the food police to tell us what to eat. They are why McDonalds fries don’t taste like they used to. Too much interference. If someone is so concerned about calories, salt and sugar, don’t eat there.

  6. THese sound like good foods, if you like drinking alcohol. The good news I don’t,but going to McDonald’s is better for me to eat than my own home cooking.

  7. What a relief. . . that my favorite McD treat is not on the “list”! I’m talking about the “hot ‘n spicy” chicken sandwich (2 for $3 & change) — and skip the mayo, please — plus a “senior coffee” (add 79 cents!!). Happiness for about 4 bucks.
    Hey, you gotta LIVE a little!!!

  8. Mrs. Wanda Broerse

    I love everything at McDonalds- I pick up something once a week and I’m 88 years old and it hasn’t killed me yet. Thanks for your tip.

    1. Hi Mrs Wanda Broerse, your reply is one of the most honest of them all. You’ve been eating at McDonalds a almost a couple of decades longer than me and I concur, everyone needs to quit trying to change a food chain that has been making the people of the world happy with their food. It hasn’t killed us yet, so why try to reinvent one of the best fast food restaurants in the world. If you are one of those who can’t eat certain foods, that is something you have to deal with and change so you can enjoy McDonalds once in a while, once a week is better than never (which is a long, long time). Be happy in your life but make small adjustments to stay healthy, but enjoy your life as well. Be happy, we aren’t on this earth for very long, so why not live and be happy!!!!!

  9. This stuff will eventually catch up with you in your 40’s and 50’s …first heart attack or stroke .You’ll wonder why …now you know why…don’t put garbage into your body …you are what you eat

    1. I see you believe that, whatever. (I had my first McDonalds at 10 years old, back when you had to “walk-up to the original ” Golden Arches” and order from outside.) Still alive and well at 73 so, believe what you want!

  10. the chocolate shake is disappointing to me…it’s my favorite. I will stop in to get just that.. I think Mac’s shakes are better than any other fast food place. For awhile the local Mac’s weren’t carrying them and I went into withdrawals…also, on a trip north there were three Mac’s on I95 in the Carolinas (on three exits in a row) that didn’t have them……no one ever told me why…… Dean…

    1. Yea they had some sort of law suit pending with the people who either distribute or make the shake ingredients so they couldn’t sell the choc shakes for a period of time. I agree with others also , that one can enjoy but in moderation.

  11. I eat at McDonald’s about three times a week. Two regular cheeseburgers with extra onion; medium fries without salt and a medium unsweetened tea. I might switch the 2 burgers for a single McDouble burger (2 meat patties and 1 slice of cheese. (This cuts out a burger bun and a slice of cheese.) I order with extra onion so it’s made fresh and the fries without salt, so they have to cook them, that way I get hot fries. I can then salt them to my taste with a popcorn seasoning mixed with a French fry sensoning. Mmm mmm goood! I make my own Canadian bacon, egg and cheese English muffins at home. Better than theirs, all day long!!

  12. Christopher Grimaldi

    I hope anyone that goes to a mcdonalds is not expecting a healthy meal. It’s a treat to go to mcdonalds and should be visited accordingly unless you are a teenager. This article should draw comparisons to prices at sit down restaurants. Mcdonalds is not a cheaper alternative anymore you can sit down at Fridays for the same money as a combo meal at mcdollars.

  13. Packaged preserved foods must not be bought from shelves of the malls and remove from our food habits. Simple cooked food in our home kitchens are the best hygienic always healthy. We must teach our children to avoid unhealthy fast foods. By the way, none of the items tasty and found eatable at McDonanld’s. It sucks our money and reduces our life span.

  14. My oldest brother was a fan of McDonald, so much that he entertained the thought of getting a franchise. But because of the 7 day week, and long hours required, albet the cost of a a franchise, he did not purchase a franchise, but he remained a stanch fan of their food. He exercised, took vitamins, and was health, or so we thought. His nightly ritual would be to consume McDonald’s fast food. He did this every night of the week,n right before bed. First sign something was amiss, weight started to fall off from his body.His bathroom habits were changing. He would feel sick to his stomach, so much so, that with stomach cramping, and feeling I’ll, he began to call in sick.then our father died, and while preparing for the funeral we noticed how sick he looked. He could not even go to the hospital, to see our dad, he was feeling so I’ll. Long story, short, colon cancer ,and his unhealthy diet caught up with him. Within 4 months from our Dad’s passing, he succumbed to colon cancer. Just be mindful that eating unhealthy, may have consequences, and the life you save may be your own.


  16. Eating daily may years ago gave me a premature ventricular contraction. Physical luckily detected. Coffee only now!

    1. Dorene Fandric

      The fries don’t taste as good as they used to. They were advertised as the best and they were. I am sure they were just as unhealthy but I didn’t eat McDs that often. I told them in their surveys

  17. Steve I agree with your comments and I rarely go to McDonald’s but when I do I just get the fish sandwich which could be the healthest food on the menu and I like the Mocca Frappe which is a small and I love them!! The double quarter pounder is outragest!! The fry’s are too salty and oily. The breakfast menu looks OK but I don’t get that either. So Steve stick to your comments they are alright!! I am 73 yrs. old turning 74 in December. My health is not too bad as far as eating is concerned. Enjoy!!!

  18. Gary Joseph Corda

    Of course the decision to eat whatever we want is totally our choice. Those of you that have said that you are able to eat whatever you want whenever you want without experiencing any negative health issues or physiological changes, I hope that you do regularly visit a doctor and have periodic tests for diabetes, blood pressure. sodium levels, and complete blood work. Many of the sudden fatalities are due to asymptomatic conditions. How many in fit people have suddenly dropped dead?

  19. Way back when Egg McMuffins came out they were 25 cents each. We worked overnights, 10 hour shifts, in Detroit’s trauma center. Many mornings we held a “staff meeting” at the local bar. There were us nurses, x-ray and lab techs, docs, cops, firefighters, etc. We took turns stopping at Mickey D’s for 30ish Egg McMuffins, to go with our beer.
    Those were the good ol’ days!!

  20. I usually watch what I eat but I love McDonald’s Caramel Frappes practically to the point of addiction! They are so tasty. I found a remedy to the high calories though which allows me to drink them sometimes. I buy a medium frappe since they give out coupons for those and I ask for 2 or 3 empty cups. When I get home I pour a little in each cup and freeze my Caramel Frappes. I treat myself to one of my frozen frappes whenever I have a craven for one, and I keep in mind my calorie and sugar count for that day.

  21. Really?🙁Who goes to McDonald’s looking for a healthy meal? I think the problem lies there? I mean who doesn’t love it when their big Mac launches a special sauce lubricated patty into their lap when they attempt to eat the thing? It’s there if you need something to sustain life. That’s about all I expect anymore. I get angrier about why they can’t just put ketchup & napkins in every drive thru with fries. If you get fries you want ketchup. Napkins are nice too when the food decintegrates in your hands when you try to eat it. They make how many billions overcharging us for their slop and can’t even pop for our ketchup & napkins!

  22. To those who make Mcdonalds a staple place to eat which is what would have to be for most of these health issue. The Health experts who make these claims are most often inflated results that would require a daily diet,and that being so is another problem.Most American’s diet now is processed foods and laden with sugar and of no nutritional value

  23. Sugar does not make kids hyperactive. That is a myth that has been repeatedly shown to be untrue by research. It is a shame that it is still being perpetuated here.

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