Thursday, November 11, 2021

Personal trainer says a McDonald's cheeseburger is 'healthier' than a protein cookie

A personal trainer and fitness infuencer swears a McDonald's cheeseburger will really not set your progress back as much as you think, especially when compared to a protein cookie.

TikTok user Laura Ghiacy listed the nutritional value of a McDonald's cheeseburger and a protein cookie and highlighted the differences between them, coming to the conclusion the burger is, ultimately, healthier.

"I'm going to get so much hate for this," Ghiacy says in the beginning of her video, before asking the question of the hour: "Is a protein cookie healthier than a McDonald's cheeseburger?"

Ghiacy found that in a protein cookie, there are 420 calories, while in a McDonald's cheeseburger, there are 300 calories.

Between the pair, the fast food item is slightly higher when it comes to fat levels, containing 13g compared to the protein cookie's 12g.

When it comes to sugar levels, however, the difference between the two was stark — the protein cookie, which is plant-based, has 25g of sugar, whereas the McDonald's cheeseburger only has 7g.

Ghiacy listed other nutritional comparisons between the pair, but then said the most "important" issue between them was the taste — ultimately declaring the cheeseburger as the winner on the flavour front as the burger tastes "a thousand times better."

TikTok users flocked to Ghiacy's comments to let her know what they thought about the revelation.

"As a Dietitian, I freaking love this! We love putting labels on everything but in the end food is food," registered dietitian Tia Glover commented.

Meanwhile, another TikTok user wrote: "All I heard was I can eat cheeseburgers without feeling guilty now."

Other users simply took Ghiacy's nutritional breakdown as the signal they needed to order McDonald's.

"She just gave us the green light to have a cheeseburger," one user commented, as another noted, "Now I'm craving a cheeseburger!"

Other commenters were more balanced, with one writing, "This is not about saying the cookie is bad. It's that a small cheeseburger is not actually the villain that many make it out to be."

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