Instead of ordering these, order an extra burger instead.
Instead of ordering these, order an extra burger instead.

Why you should order two burgers at McDonald’s

YOU know it's bad for you but sometimes a burger is the only thing you want.

And while most advice about junk food might disappoint you, this is sure to cheer you up.

Registered dietitian, Emily Field, has come up with a way you can enjoy your junk food cravings and feel a bit less guilty, The Sun reports.

Eat two burgers and ditch the chips.

Yes, you read that right, two burgers.

While it may not be good news for fans of fries, if burgers are your bag you're probably already jumping for joy.

Her theory? Burgers contain more protein and therefore keep you fuller for longer.

And the carbs give you energy and fats help you absorb vitamins and minerals - providing the balance you need for a junk food binge, Ms Field said.

She told Business Insider that fast food fans would end up with fewer cravings later in the day and less desire to binge because they were full.

If you're going to stop at the golden arches, dodge the chips and go for the main event.
If you're going to stop at the golden arches, dodge the chips and go for the main event. Patrick Woods

The chips added little nutritional value and were full of fat, which meant you would feel full to begin with but your blood sugar levels would drop and you'd be hungry again in no time, Ms Field said.

And nutritionist Helen Bond agrees, in theory.

"Yes, the protein element and the carbohydrate element will help keep you fuller for longer, the protein definitely has a satiating effect," she told The Sun Online.

"But equally we are not supposed to eat too much processed meat and burgers are a processed meat. Eating too much processed meat has been linked to bowel cancer.

"The fries are cut very thinly so they absorb a lot of fat so are quite calorific and they don't fill you up very much.

"But I wouldn't advocate eating two burgers."

That's because the calorie content and saturated fat in a burger was quite high, which meant you were eating almost half of your daily recommended fat intake in one sitting.

Take a Big Mac for example.

One Big Mac has 540 calories and 10g of saturated fat, so eating two meant you were consuming 1080 calories and 20g of saturated fat.

That's more than half a woman's recommended 2000 calorie intake for one day and two-fifths of a man's recommended 2500 calories.

The average women should eat no more than 20g of saturated fat per day and men should eat no more than 30g, according to the UK's National Health Service.

Ms Bond said she would recommend only eating one burger or pairing it with something healthier from the menu like a salad bowl.

"I would try and have the burger and have something else [like a salad bowl] with it to make it more nutritionally complete," she added.

"About 30 per cent of your calories should come from your lunch so that's 600 for a woman and about 750 for a man. Two burgers would exceed both of those.

"So when you're packing those away for lunch you might feel full, but will it continue through until your next meal?"

Eating too much saturated fat is linked to obesity as well as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Obesity levels in the UK have trebled in the last 30 years and about 27 per cent of the UK population is considered obese.

A further 34 per cent are considered overweight, according to the latest government statistics.

Obesity is costing the NHS about $27 billion (£16 billion) a year and greatly increases a persons chances of developing deadly diseases like type two diabetes, 11 different types of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

World Cancer Research Fund estimates 25,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year in the UK alone if everyone was a healthy weight.


This article was originally appeared by The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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