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What you should order at McDonald's, according to nutritionists

Many people believe that McDonald's isn't typically associated with the healthiest fare.

Catherine Karnatz, a Rhode Island-based registered dietitian and owner of Nutrition Education RD, said many McDonald's food items are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, added sugar and salt.

But by ordering carefully from the menu and not making the fast food chain a regular part of your routine, you can opt for better-for-you alternatives. 

To make more nutritious choices when you visit the Golden Arches, Karnatz as well as Lara Clevenger, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Edgewater, Florida, weighed in on what's considered "OK" to order.

Fox News Digital reached out to McDonald's for comment.

Apple slices

"If you’re looking for a low-calorie snack that provides a crunch, McDonald’s apple slices are a great choice," said Clevenger.

She added that with just 15 calories and four grams of carbs, the snack can fit into most diets.

McDonald's apple slices contain only 3 grams of total sugars and can be enjoyed as a snack or side, according to the chain's nutritional information webpage.

Egg McMuffin 

Clevenger said this sandwich made with egg, cheese and Canadian bacon is around 310 calories with 17 grams of protein, 13 grams of fat and 30 grams of carbs. 

"This is a much healthier choice for breakfast than, say, the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, which has 320 calories, but only has six grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat with a whopping 64 grams of carbs," she said. 

"If you’re trying to watch your blood sugar or stay fuller longer, the protein and fat from the Egg McMuffin is the better option," Clevenger said.


You may not want to reach for a fried chicken sandwich regularly. 

Still, when eaten on occasion, this is a good option, said Clevenger, if you're concerned about getting enough protein. 

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