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- The basic characteristic of good food is that it must be varied. This is the reason why our products consist of various food ingredients necessary for good nutrition. In accordance with tips and advice of top nutritionists, at McDonald’s, you will find products that will enable everyone to choose a meal adequate to their needs and eating habits.
- We are aware of the importance of a balanced diet and different life styles; thus we keep searching for new products of even higher quality that will satisfy all our expectations regarding nutritional values, taste and prices. In our restaurants, ask for detailed information about the composition and calorie values of our products.
- It is our mission to take care of the quality, balance and variety of ingredients, and all you have to do is enjoy your favorite McDonald’s™ products!
- McDonald’s™ menu consists of the basic four food groups: meat (beef, pork and chicken), fish, breads, vegetables and fruits, and milk-based food. It means that such a menu includes essential vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients.
Fundamental importance of food for life and health reflects in multiple roles and functions it provides. In order to make proper food choices, it is necessary to know the nutrient functions and in which foods they could be found.
“Life is therefore combustion“, Lavoisier, which means that in order to function, our body needs energy from food. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the basic food components providing energy to our body. Naturally, in order to create energetic balance in the body, i.e. to keep desired body weight, we must balance food intake and physical activities.
Carbohydrates are the main energy source of human diet. They efficiently convert into glucose, which is the major fuel for all body cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells. There are two types of carbohydrates in food. They are simple carbohydrates found in fruits, milk, while refined carbohydrates are found in sugar and all products where sugar is added (cakes, biscuits, chocolate and some beverages). Complex carbohydrates are found in vegetables, whole grains, beans, potato, bread, pasta and rice. When you choose carbohydrate food, always choose unprocessed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, peas and whole grain products. Such diet gives energy and makes you feel full for a longer period.
Dietary fiber is in fact a type of complex carbohydrate that cannot be digested, but cleans your digestive system, prevents constipation, lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels. It consists of parts of plant foods your body cannot digest or absorb, it passes through the colon relatively unchanged and keeps our digestive system healthy. It also stabilizes the blood glucose and cholesterol levels in our blood. In countries with traditional fiber-rich food, diseases such as colon cancer, diabetes and CVD diseases have a lower incidence rate than in developed countries. Foods rich in dietary fiber are vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, nuts, almonds, unprocessed grains (wheat, rice, oats, barley) and unprocessed cereal products.
Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body, because there are no protein stores in the body. New proteins are provided only through food. Their functions are numerous, they serve as enzymes, they transport materials throughout the body (hemoglobin), molecules for storing certain elements, hormone, muscle building, antibodies, etc. The most valuable source of proteins (containing all necessary amino acids) are meat, milk and eggs. Vegetables, cereals, beans, peas, nuts, almonds and hazelnuts are the source of incomplete proteins, although by proper combining of these foods, satisfactory amino acid composition can be obtained.
Proper nutrition must include essential fatty acids of adequate quantity and quality (of which fats consist). Physiological functions of fats are complex since fats are the most significant source of energy in cells (particularly the nervous system), certain hormones, important for normal digestion. Besides, the human body can use vitamins A, D, E and K only with the presence of fats. There are several types of fats: saturated fats, found mostly in animal products; polyunsaturated fats, to which omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids pertain (vegetable oils and seafood); monounsaturated fats are mainly in olives and olive oil, nuts, hazelnuts and peanuts.
Vitamins and minerals are necessary for body normal growth and development as well as normal body functioning. These substances participate in many processes in the body without which there would be no life. There are two vitamin groups: fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins. Although you can’t easily tell one from another when preparing food and longer staying, most vitamins are ensured through adequate nutrition. Minerals cannot be distinguished when preparing food, but they participate in many physiological processes as well as building healthy bones and keeping them strong. Certain vitamins, particularly A, E and C as well as zinc, selenium and others are antioxidants, i.e. they protect our cells against adverse effects of other substances. Vitamins and minerals are found in almost all foods, but the best way to take them is through raw fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grain cereals, or by eating meat, fish and milk.
Why is water so important for our body? Because water is a vital component of our body, since 50-60% of body mass consists of water. To be healthy, we must drink 6-8 glasses of water (fluids) a day. It doesn’t have to be only water, milk, herbal teas and juices without sugar count as well. When it’s hot, and particularly when you are physically active, additional intake of fluids is necessary.
Reaching and maintaining ideal body weight means cutting out certain foods.
False! Adequate nutrition means that, in certain recommended quantities, all nutrient-dense foods are present. There are no harmful foods, they can harm you only if you eat too much of them and in certain harmful food combinations.
The less fat we eat, the faster we will lose weight.
False! Fats are important for life. One will lose weight only if one takes in less calories than one burns, regardless of whether fats or carbohydrates are in question.
The most harmful for our health are fats created in an industrial process by adding hydrogen (hydrogenation) to oil, by frying or reheating.
True! Thus, trans fatty acids are created, increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Consumers can find information on trans fatty acids content in food on the product label.
True! If it is mentioned on the product label that the product contains partially or completely hydrogenated oil, it means that it contains trans fatty acids.
Some restaurants, such as McDonald’s, have undertaken measures to reduce the content of trans fatty acids in their products.
True! These measures include the use of sunflower seed and rapeseed oil with high percentage of olein (good) fatty acid, and with less percentage of trans fatty acids.
Margarine is healthier than butter.
False! Margarine is a processed food containing high percentage of trans fatty acids. Beside margarine, these fats can be found in crackers, bakery products, cakes, fried foods.
Meat is a food that will preserve our muscle mass.
True! The menu that will preserve muscle mass, and reduce subcutaneous fat, is the one on which meat and salads are found. Naturally, one should choose lean meats, such as chicken, beef and fish for such purposes.
“Light“ products help with losing weight.
False! Diet success depends on the quantity of food, but there is a catch when “light“ products are in question, it is the quantity. When consuming such foods we believe that we can eat more.
It is better to eat a sandwich than to skip a meal.
True! If we skip a meal, this causes our body to store fat. This is the reason why it is better to eat a sandwich, but not any sandwich. If you eat a sandwich without mayonnaise, butter or yellow cheese, you will eat a meal that will not endanger your figure.
Physical activity is useful only for losing and maintaining body weight.
False! Any form of physical activity is beneficial for all our organs and tissues. It is excellent for preventing a series of health issues, such as heart attack and stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, etc.
For losing and maintaining the reached body weight it is necessary to exercise every day.
False! Generally, it is, although it is better to exercise several times a week than exhaust oneself exercising once. But doing something is always better than doing nothing. However, for a positive effect on your health, a daily half-an-hour brisk walk or any other similar activity is enough.
There is no best physical activity.
True! There is no best physical activity – any physical activity is good. It depends on what you prefer: whether you chose a brisk walk, bicycle ride, swimming, dancing, gym workouts, basketball or volleyball, it’s your choice.