Trek Women
February 27, 2008

Not gonna McFatten me...

BurritoHave you heard about this… tomorrow and Friday, McDonald’s is giving away free McSkillet Burritos with the purchase of a medium or large drink. The company said it expects to give away one million burritos each day. Curious, I went to the McDonald’s web site to check out the nutritional content of the scrambled egg, sausage, potato, cheese, pepper and salsa McBreakfast food. Turns out, each little burrito contains 570 calories and 30 grams of fat -- equaling 46% of your daily recommended allowance for fat. If I’ve got my math right, that means that the Golden Arches are giving away 120,000 pounds of fat in day two days. Viva Mickey Dees.

Before you start winging virtual french fries at me, I get that McD’s is a business with products to sell us and that we have the right to chew-se. I also believe in “all things in moderation.” So what’s the harm in one breakfast burrito, it’s not like it’s a bag of crack? But, with all the statistics today about adult and childhood obesity rates skyrocketing, maybe my problem is that McD’s nationwide sampling event is intended to get America hooked on a flavor. The wrapper doesn’t come with a warning food label.

Is the McSkillet good grub? You decide.

NOTE: McDonald’s issued its press release about the give away yesterday. Also yesterday, shares of McDonald's added 76 cents to $56.81 in afternoon trading. Something got fatter. Okay, I'll come off my whole-grain cereal box now.

5 pm UPDATE: Math and poor chart reading skills foil me again. The McSkillet Burrito with Sausage has 36 grams of fat, 56% of daily fat allowance -- totalling a 158,000 pound fat give away. Interesting factoid: the McSkillet has more fat than a Big Mac (29 grams).


Wow, that's an eye opener. This blog should be posted in all the school cafeterias as a warning.
Good job.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Feb 27, 2008 1:57:03 PM

Ok do you know how many McD's breakfast burrito's I have eatin in my life? let's just say I am running to the gym right now...Ignorance is Bliss.
Never again.
Thank god there is no Mcdonalds in Waterloo. I actually had a breakfast burrito yesterday (from the cafeteria(not free)) and a veggie burrito that is.
Do you think McDonald's creative chefs eat that food? They have their own Mcdonalds university, educated you might think but supplying people with that stuff they call food.

Posted by: Lindsay | Feb 27, 2008 2:34:06 PM

It's pretty frightening when you actually look up the nutritional value of what you're eating.

The worst thing on the McDonald's menu is the Deluxe Breakfast with large biscuit without syrup or margarine -- weighs in at 1140 calories, 59 grams of fat = to 91% daily fat value.

Add 40 calories/4.5 grams for each pat of margarine and 180 calories for each syrup.

There's no way that's a healthy choice for anyone.

Posted by: Laura | Feb 27, 2008 4:17:46 PM

Mmmmmm . . . . McSkillet Burritos . . . after the healthy dinner Jen just made, I'm sure to be hungry soon. Perhaps I can offer to make a grocery run and sneak off to the arches :-)

Posted by: Jeff | Feb 27, 2008 5:30:45 PM

Bad Jeff Bad!!!

Maybe I should change out the photo - it looks too enticing.

Posted by: Laura | Feb 27, 2008 6:09:42 PM

What about McNuggets? I have a weakness for those. Especially when I'm on the road. I usually try to make myself feel better about it by just getting a Happy Meal instead of a Value Meal. Plus, I'm amassing a stellar toy collection. BONUS!

Posted by: Demo Ross | Feb 28, 2008 12:26:19 PM

Breakfast burritos make me think of airline food. Even free, there's no way I'm going to eat a barf roll-up.

Posted by: Becky | Feb 28, 2008 12:52:26 PM

Ross, are you sure you want to know??? This is your chance not to look because below the line, I'll reveal the damage.

But before that - barf roll-up hahahahaha!!! I feel that way about breakfast burritos myself (no wonder we're related). I don't trust other people's scrambled eggs. They're usually so watery and slimy. Eeeeew.

On a side note, after thinking about burritos all day yesterday, I made them for dinner last night. Whole wheat flour tortillas, fat-free refried black beans from Trader Joes, fat-free chedder cheese, salsa, and Crystal hot sauce. Yummy!


Onto the mcnuggets... for a 10-piece meal = 24 grams fat, 37% daily fat value, 420 calories. Add 50 calories for each sauce container. It's certainly not the worst thing on the menu. Actually a large french fries is worse = 30 g fat, 47% dfv, 570 calories.

Posted by: Laura | Feb 28, 2008 2:00:05 PM

OMG! I just walked off the metro to the yelling of a free ever so cheesy burrito. I almost got one too. I'm glad I wasn't eating one as I logged onto your blog. I'll just be happy with my peaches and cream yogurt. 80 cals, 0 fat, and only 7 sugars. -:)

Posted by: Wayne | Feb 29, 2008 7:57:12 AM

WOW - thanks for all the pertinent info. OMG, that much fat is totally disgusting! And to think I actually could love that...

Posted by: Susan | Mar 2, 2008 1:52:31 PM

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