3 Unhealthy Selections You Should Avoid from McDonald’s All-day Breakfast Special

Posted on January 23, 2017 - Rotten Ronnies is at it again! Their latest ploy to get their food in the hands of Canadians: All Day Breakfast.

The fast food chain’s breakfast selection is incredibly popular, but in Canada, the specialized menu is only available until 11:00am. If you’ve ever rolled up to McDonald’s at 11:01am, you can testify to the fact that there’s no wiggle room for that 11:00am cut off.

Well, McDonald’s is now offering its breakfast menu for the entire day at 20 of its Canadian locations,  though thankfully, this does not include Vancouver.

We don’t know about you, but we think Vancouver dodged a bullet! Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients in three McDonald’s breakfast items:

1. McDonald’s Sausage Patty is delicious… and can possibly give you cancer

If you’ve ever had the McDonald’s hotcakes, eggs, and sausage meal, you probably wish you had ordered two! It’s a perfect mix of mild hotness and saltiness that just melts in your mouth. It tastes even better when you add syrup. Unfortunately, when you enjoy one, you’re trading your health for a few moments of heaven in your mouth.

Even if you ignore the fact that one patty has almost 1/3 of your allowed daily sodium intake and 50% of your daily allowed fat intake, it’s got something worse. McDonald’s uses butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) to preserve its sausage patty so that it can mass produce it cheaply and sell it to you for less than a dollar.

BHA has been identified by the National Institutes of Health as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” In fact, they’ve found that the preservative causes cancer in rodent studies.

2. McDonald’s Hash Browns are delectably crunchy, but can stop your heart

McDonald’s is famous for its handheld hash browns. They’re like fries, but with a delicious, crispy shell. Sadly, every breakfast you have with a McDonald’s hash brown brings you closer to a heart attack.

Each hash brown contains hydrogenated soybean oil, which researchers found significantly increases your levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL aka “bad cholesterol”).

3. McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is probably the healthiest breakfast item, but it can cause asthma (among other things)

Most of the ingredients in McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal are actually not that bad for you. They even use whole grain oats and brown sugar instead of white sugar. The other ingredients include natural fruits, vitamins, minerals, and neutral chemicals that have been found to cause insignificant or no adverse effects. It also only has 290 calories, and only 6% of your daily allowed fat intake.

Somehow, McDonald’s finds a way to turn something as nutritious as whole grain fruit oatmeal with brown sugar into a health hazard. They thicken the oatmeal with carrageenan, which the World Health Organization (WHO) found could cause immunity and GI problems for some people. Some forms of carrageenan found in McDonald’s fruit and maple oatmeal have also been found to cause cancer. Carrageenan may increase your risk of diabetes as it causes increased glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in mice. Lastly, it’s preserved with sulfites, which new research shows can exacerbate asthma.

The bottom line is: We are SO thankful that Vancouverites are spared McDonald’s heart-stopping, cancer-causing All Day Breakfast special.

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