16,000 free McMuffins, and guess what’s in it?
Tomorrow, March 18, McDonald’s will be giving away 16,000 free Egg McMuffins in Qatar; a 1,000 in each of the 16 outlets that serve breakfast.
This is part of its worldwide National Breakfast Day campaign. The McMuffins, priced at QR12, will be give away free between 6am and 10am.
If your daily routine involves rushing through peak hour traffic or driving your kids to school, this might be a convenient grab-n-go breakfast option. If you are teeter-tottering between availing of this offer tomorrow or not, here are some facts about this sandwich to help you decide.
According to the McDonald’s Arabia website, one Egg McMuffin contains 321 kilocalories (kcal), 670mg of sodium, and 13g of fat. The recommended calorie intake for an average person is between 1500 and 2000 kcal per day. So an Egg McMuffin provides between 15% and 25% of a person’s daily caloric intake of food.
According to Sara Yassine, Dietician Supervisor at the Diet Center in Doha, a sandwich like this does not make for a healthy breakfast. “The caloric composition of an Egg McMuffin exceeds the caloric threshold of any breakfast meal, which is between 200 – 300 kcal per person. In addition, the sodium content in this sandwich is also too high for one meal. Foods that do not contain any added salt already contain at least 2g of sodium, and this meets the daily requirement by itself. No more than two proteins should be present in any food. The combination of eggs, chicken and cheese make the Egg McMuffin too protein-heavy.”
What’s your choice of a healthy breakfast? How do you kickstart your day?