Carb grams in McDonald's
Big n Tasty With Cheese

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

McDonald's Big 'n Tasty

At first glance and based solely on caloric values, the McDonald's Big 'n Tasty is a good choice. It's challenging to find a full-size burger which contains less than 500 calories - and without the cheese and Mayo added, this can certainly be accomplished.

Can You Order a Smaller Burger to Save Calories?

When choosing a burger of this magnitude, ask yourself, "Could I enjoy the regular hamburger which contains less than 300 calories instead? What about a healthy salad with grilled proteins and reduced fat dressing? What about a small order of chicken nuggets and a packet of real honey - for about 300 calories?"

Once the food is gobbled and lodged inside the tummy, then it's too late to change your order.

It's important not to allow the appetite to do the ordering, rather your wise brain.

Let's look a bit deeper into the nutritional values of this burger.

With Cheese and no Mayo it contains about 40 carbohydrate grams, less than 500 calories, almost 30 protein grams and over 3 grams of dietary fiber.

Other nutrition notes worth mentioning include it's 221 mg's of calcium, over 4 mg's of iron, almost 500 mg's of potassium and over 4 mg's of Vitamin C.

Less impressive areas include the sodium content; at almost 900 milligrams, that's a hefty amount particularly when referencing that the individual requiring a 2,000 caloric daily diet requires 2,400 milligrams of salt per day - and one teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 mg's.

Decreasing daily sodium consumption can assist in achieving a better level of health for individuals battling any of the following diseases: heart, kidney, liver. Because sodium influences blood pressure readings, lowering consumption levels may assist in lowering blood pressure to healthier levels.

Too much sodium may also strip bone minerals and contribute to bone-related diseases.

At times it prohibits prescribed medications from working effectively while encouraging water retention within the body.

Let's talk about the fat contained in this burger. There are almost 25 total fat grams, with about 9 grams of fat are derived from saturated fat, and almost 1.5 grams of Trans fat.

While other areas of fat distribution are important in the nutritional picture, Trans and saturated at the top two which produce more of a negative impact within the body serving to clog arteries and influence the functioning of the heart.

When cheese and full-blown Mayo are added to the selection, the nutritional values skyrocket in a negative manner.

Cholesterol mg's rice to almost 80 which is quite significant. Carbohydrate grams hold steady as do protein, iron, potassium and Vitamin C content.

Cheese and mayonnaise are prepared with fatty ingredients - so the nutritional areas that become impacted negatively will be lipids, cholesterol and sodium.

Nutritional Elements


Big 'N Tasty

Big 'N Tasty, With Cheese

Big 'N Tasty, With Cheese, No Mayo

Big 'N Tasty, no Mayo

Energy kcal 524 573 468 419
Protein g 24.68 27.17 27.00 24.52
Total lipid (fat) g 31.74 36.01 24.14 19.86
Carbohydrates g 38.51 39.67 39.17 38.02
Fiber, total dietary g 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3
Sugars, total g 8.79 9.46 9.32 8.63
Calcium, Ca mg 151 225 221 150
Iron, Fe mg 4.36 4.40 4.33 4.29
Magnesium, Mg mg 42 44 44 41
Phosphorus, P mg 227 282 277 222
Potassium, K mg 464 492 489 462
Sodium, Na mg 735 956 890 674
Zinc, Zn mg 4.78 5.11 5.06 4.75
Vitamin C mg 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4
Thiamin mg 0.332 0.338 0.338 0.331
Riboflavin mg 0.603 0.662 0.655 0.595
Niacin mg 7.714 7.751 7.752 7.715
Vitamin B-12 g 2.27 2.42 2.35 2.20
Vitamin A, IU IU 371 608 601 364
Lipids, Fatty Acid Totals      
Saturated g 8.644 10.836 9.071 6.878
Monounsaturated g 9.732 10.727 8.197 7.203
Polyunsaturated g 6.948 7.141 0.694 0.504
Trans Fats g 1.285 1.509 1.468 1.238
Cholesterol mg 77 91 79 68



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