Obesity

Bacon Cheeseburger Calories

The bacon cheeseburger consists of a beef burger, toasted bun, cheese, lettuce, onion, smoked bacon and pickles. For people counting calories, this burger packs a huge punch. A typical bacon cheeseburger contains 790 calories and 39 grams of fat. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that fat be less than 35 percent of your total caloric intake. Because a bacon cheeseburger contains approximately 351 calories from fat, or 44.4 percent of calories from fat, it is not an ideal part of a healthy diet.

Bacon Cheeseburger Calories

Bacon Cheeseburger Calories

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is associated with elevated low density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol. High LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to “The Nutrition Source,” from the Harvard School of Public Health, saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. A healthy diet should have seven percent or fewer calories from saturated fat, but a bacon cheeseburger contains about 17 grams, or 19.4 percent saturated fat.

Trans Fats

Trans fats may be even more unhealthy then saturated fats. They also increase LDL cholesterol and reduce HDL, or “good” cholesterol. A diet high in trans fats is associated with increased risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. A bacon cheeseburger has about 2 grams of trans fat.

Sodium:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state that most Americans consume too much sodium. A bacon cheeseburger has about 2,070 milligrams of sodium – more than most adults should eat all day. Adding an order of fries increases the sodium count even more.

References

Angus Bacon and Cheese; McDonald’s.com;
http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.sandwiches.110.angus-bacon-cheese.html

USDA and US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; 2010;
http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/DietaryGuidelines/2010/PolicyDoc/PolicyDoc.pdf

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