McDonald's Value Meals
McDonald's Value Meals start at about 1,000 calories (for a medium), hover around 1,300 calories (for a large), and reach about 1,500 calories (for a super size).
Burger King's meals are about the same if you get a Chicken Whopper Jr. Go with a regular (beef) Whopper and the calories range from 1,300 to 1,800, depending on the size of the fries and soft drink.
Make it a Double Whopper Burger King and you're talking 1,600 to 2,100 calories.
Most meals feature red meat and cheese (saturated fat), fried potatoes (trans fat), and a soft drink (sugar).
The Chicken Whopper Jr. and Chicken McGrill Value Meals cut some saturated fat, but with the fries and sodas, they are a long way from healthy.
Having said all that; however, McDonald's is always looking to improve. Their most recent statement:
You rely on us to deliver quality food, and we take that responsibility seriously. From our team of registered dietitians to our trusted suppliers, we're dedicated to making you feel good about choosing McDonald's foods and beverages. (McDonalds.com)
We believe them. So check the latest Value Meals for enhancements and nutritional improvements.