McDonalds – What’s in it?

I've been reading a lot of negativity in the online Keto community forums lately. A lot of this is around what people are eating.

The Keto community has grown so much since we last posted about McDonalds and there are still so many misconceptions about fast food in general.

We though we'd break it down and let everyone know exactly what they are eating when at McDonalds.


But Mcdonalds is bad for you?

Nobody is under any illusion that McDonalds is a healthy choice by any stretch of the imagination but is it particularly bad for you?

Spinach increases your risk of having a kidney stone. Does that mean spinach is bad for you?

Capsicums carry pesticides. Going to stop eating that too?

Look, realistically in this day and age an argument can be had for every single thing that you eat being bad for you.

McDonalds is not the most nutritious thing you can eat. But when you are too busy to even think about cooking a nice "healthy" and nutritious dinner. It's not the worst thing you can eat either (If you are on a Ketogenic diet)

Our other post went through our favourite McDonalds foods to have on a Ketogenic diet. This one is more about what's in the actual ingredients. So when you order a bunless Big Mac what exactly are you getting. Here goes!

The below list is broken down into a few sections.

Meats

Toppings

Sauces

Breakfast

Buns

We've also added the carb value to the sauces where possible.

We didn't go into the obvious stuff like chicken nuggets and desserts but if you'd like to see that. Let us know in the comments.

Ingredient What’s in it
Burgers  
Beef Patty Beef or Angus Beef… That’s it!
McChicken Patty Chicken, Water, Flour (Wheat, Maize, Soy), Vegetable Oil (Canola), Salt, Thickeners (1401, 1400, 1420, 1422), Starch (Wheat, Maize), Mineral Salts (508, 450, 451, 500, 541), Yeast, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Powder (Garlic, Onion, Celery), Yeast Extracts, Spice (Pepper), Spice Extracts, Dextrose, Herb, Flavour, Raising Agent (341), Emulsifiers (481, 433, 471, 472e), Vitamin (Thiamin), Antioxidants (320, 310), Acidity Regulator (330), Colour (100, 160c)
Crispy Chicken Chicken, Flour (Wheat), Vegetable Oil, Water, Thickener (1422), Salt, Buttermilk Solids (Milk), Vegetable Powders (Garlic, Onion), Egg Powder, Mineral Salts (451, 450, 452, 500, 508), Milk Solids [Emulsifier 322, Soy)], Rice Starch, Whey Protein (Milk), Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (Soy), Spice & Spice Extracts, Food Acids (300, 263, 270, 330), Sour Cream Powder ( Milk), Sugar, Yeast & Yeast Extracts, Natural Flavouring, Cream Powder ( Milk), Vegetable Gum (415), Enzyme (Amylase)
Grilled Chicken Chicken, Water, Rice Starch, Salt, Mineral Salts (451, 450), Soy Protein, Fruit Powder [Contains. Lemon Juice Concentrate, Flavours], Dehydrated Garlic, Natural Flavour, Herbs, Sugar, Vinegar Powder, Vegetable Powder, Anticaking Agent (341), Spice Extract (Pepper), Vegetable Oil.
Filet-o-fish Fish (Pollock), Water, Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch (1422), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Salt, Whey, Cellulose Gum, Dextrose, Dried Yeast, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Paprika Extract (160c), Turmeric Extract (100), Black Pepper (Natural Flavouring)]
Toppings
Lettuce Iceberg Lettuce
Cheese Cheese (Milk, Salt, Culture, Enzymes (Rennet, Lipase)), Water, Milk Solids, Butter, Emulsifiers (340, 452, 331), Salt, Acidity Regulators (260, 330, 339), Colours (160b, 160c), Preservative (200), Soy Lecithin
Cheddar Cheese Milk, Salt, Starter Cultures, Rennet, Lipase
Pickles Cucumber, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Preservatives (202, 211), Flavour
Onion Water, Dehydrated White Onion
Caramelised Grilled Onion Onion, Seasoning (Vegetable Oil (Palm and/or Cottonseed, Soybean), Salt, Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Onion Powder, Maltodextrin, Flavours, Spice
Red Onion Red Onion
Beetroot Slice Beetroot, Water, Sugar, Salt, Acetic Acid.
Crispy Bacon Pork Bellies, Water, Salt, Sugar, Smoke Flavouring, Sodium Phosphate (339), Sodium Erythorbate (316), Sodium Nitrite (250)
Bacon Rasher Pork, Water, Salt, Sugar, Emulsifiers (451, 450), Dextrose (Maize, Tapioca), Antioxidant (316), Acidity Regulator(330), Sodium Nitrite (250), Rosemary Extract. Smoked
Buns
Big Mac Bun Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola), Sesame Seed, Iodised Salt, Gluten, Soy Flour, Preservative (282), Emulsifiers (471, 472e, 481), Malt Flour, Mineral Salt (170), Antioxidant (300, 304, 307, 330), Enzyme (1100) Vitamin (Thiamin, Folate)
Regular Bun Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola), Iodised Salt, Gluten, Soy Flour, Preservative (282), Emulsifiers (471, 472e, 481), Malt Flour, Mineral Salt (170), Antioxidant (300, 304, 307, 330), Enzyme (1100), Vitamin (Thiamin, Folate)
Gourmet Bun Wheat Flour (Contains Vitamins (Thiamin, Folic Acid)), Water, Sugar, Glaze (Water, Vegetable Proteins On Maltodextrins ( Wheat), Sunflower Oil, Dextrose, Maize Starch), Canola Oil, Gluten, Ground Maize, Iodised Salt, Yeast, Emulsifiers (472e, 471), Dextrose, Natural Flavour, Improver (Soy Flour, Emulsifier (481), Mineral Salt (170), Antioxidant (300), Acidity Regulator (516), Malt Flour, Enzymes (1100)), Shortening (Palm Oil), Preservative (282)
Brioche-Style Bun Wheat Flour (Thiamin, Folate), Water, Sugar, Yeast, Glaze (Water, Vegetable Proteins, Vegetable Oils, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Maize Starch), Gluten, Dextrose, Vegetable Oils (Antioxidant (330)), Iodised Salt, Emulsifier (170, 471, 472e), Flavours, Improver (Soy Flour, Emulsifier (481), Mineral Salts (170), Antioxidants (300, 516), Enzymes), Preservative (282), Antioxidant (300), Colour (160a)), Enzyme (1100)
Sauces
Big Mac Sauce Soybean Oil (Antioxidant (330)), Water, Relish [ Pickles, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Thickener (415), Preservative (202), Spice Extract, Emulsifier (433)], Mustard [Water, Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Sugar, Colours (100, 150d), Spice], Salted Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Onion, Thickeners (1442, 415, 405), Spices, Sugar, Salt, Hydrolysed Protein (Corn, Gluten, Wheat, Soy), Colours (160c, 150d, 100), Preservative (211), Emulsifier (433), Garlic, Antioxidant (385) - 3 GRAMS OF CARBS
Ketchup Water, Tomato Paste, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Salt, Flavouring – 2.3 GRAMS OF CARBS
Mustard Water, Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Colour (100), Spice, Flavour -
BBQ Sauce Tomato Pulp [Antioxidant (330)], Sugar, Vinegar, Water, Onion Puree, Thickener (1422), Molasses, Minced Garlic [Acetic Acid (260)], Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Spices [Including (100)], Mustard ( Wheat, Soy) [Food Acid (260)], Flavourings, Malt Extract (Barley), Vegetable Gum (415), Yeast Extract, Preservative (202)
Mayonaise Water, Soybean Oil (Antioxidant (330)), Egg Yolks, Modified Corn Starch (1401,1442), Corn Syrup Solids, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Mustard Flour, Thickener (415), Food Acid (270), Preservative (202) – 0.1 GRAMS OF CARBS
Garlic Mayonaise Canola Oil [Antioxidant (307b, Soy), 319)], Water, Glucose Syrup (Wheat Derived), Egg Yolk, Whey Protein (Milk), Minced Garlic [Food Acids (260, 330)], Vinegar, Dijon Mustard [Acidity Regulator (260)], Acidity Regulator (575), Mustard [Food Acids (260, 330), Colours (150c, 160a)], Salt, Flavour Enhancer (635), Oat Fibre, Flavourings (Milk), Emulsifiers [(322, 435) (Soy)], Colour (171), Mineral Salt (508), Vegetable Gum (415), Preservatives (202, 211)
Tomato Chilli Jam Sugar, Vinegar, Diced Capsicum, Chilli Paste [Chilli, Food Acid (260)], Water, Onion Puree, Diced Tomato [Tomato, Salt, Food Acid (330), Calcium Chloride (509)], Thickener (1422), Apple Paste, Ginger Puree [Food Acid (260), Thickener (415)], Minced Garlic [Acetic Acid (260)], Salt, Spices [Including Chilli], Vegetable Gum (415), Yeast Extract, Food Acid (330), Preservative (202), Spice Extract (160c)
Peri-Peri Sauce Water, Maltodextrin, Birdseye Chilli Puree (Chilli, Acidity Regulator (260)), Sugar, Salt, Thickeners (1442, 415, 405), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vegetable Oil, Onion, Acidity Regulators (330, 331), Garlic, Spices, Natural Flavours, Preservative (202), Colour (171) – 10.4 GRAMS OF CARBS
Sweet & Sour Sauce High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Apricot Puree [Antioxidant (300)], Vinegar, Thickeners (1422, 415), Flavouring, Soy Sauce (Wheat), Salt, Soybean Oil, Spice, Preservative (211), Colour (150d) – 11.2 GRAMS OF CARBS
Sweet Mustard Water, Salad Mustard [Water, Vinegar, Mustard, Spices, Salt, Spice Extract], Sugar, Vinegar, Vegetable Oil, Thickeners (1442, 1450, 415, 405), Salt, Caramelised Sugar, Preservative (202), Acidity Regulator (331), Spice, Colour (160c), Antioxidant (385) – 12.7 GRAMS OF CARBS
Garlic Aioli Canola Oil [Antioxidant (307b) (Soy)], Water, Glucose Syrup (Wheat Derived), Egg Yolk, Whey Protein (Milk), Minced Garlic [Acetic Acid (260)], Vinegar, Dijon Mustard [Acidity Regulator (260)], Acidity Regulator (575), Mustard [Food Acids (260, 330), Colours (150c, 160a)], Salt, Flavour Enhancer (635), Oat Fibre, Flavourings (Milk), Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, 435), Colour (171), Mineral Salt (508), Vegetable Gum (415), Preservatives (202, 211) – 3.2 GRAMS OF CARBS
Tartare Sauce Pickles, Water, Soybean Oil (Antioxidant (330)), Distilled Vinegar, Onions and Onion Extractives, Modified Corn Starch (1401, 1442), Egg Yolks, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Salt, Spice, Thickener (415), Capers, Preservative (202), Dextrose, Dehydrated Parsley, Spice Extractives. – 0.3 GRAMS OF CARBS
Breakfast
Egg Egg
Sausage Patty Beef, Seasoning [Salt, Dried Glucose Syrup (from wheat), Sucrose, Spices, Vegetable Powders (Garlic, Onion), Mineral Salt (341), Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (from soy), Spice Extract, Canola Oil]
Bacon Pork, Water, Salt, Sugar, Emulsifiers (451, 450), Dextrose (Maize, Tapioca), Antioxidant (316), Acidity Regulator (330), Sodium Nitrite (250), Rosemary Extract. Smoked
Ham Pork, Water, Salt, Acidity Regulators (326, 262), Sugar, Emulsifier (451), Dextrose (Maize), Antioxidant (316), Sodium Nitrite (250)

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