Nutrition Facts for McDonald’s Menu

This dataset looks at all the nutrition facts for the McDonalds menu, here is the link: https://www.kaggle.com/datasets/mcdonalds/nutrition-facts. Below are visualizations that break down this dataset.

The visualization shown above demonstrates the hierarchy of the top five menu items’ calorie count in their respective categories. As shown, the “Breakfast” category on McDonald’s menu has the highest calorie count, with the “Chicken & Fish” category being a close second. For our audience of people who are regular McDonald’s eaters, or McDonald’s eaters that are looking to promote a healthier lifestyle, looking at this chart can be beneficial. They may be interested in seeing which meal to start incorporating less into their diets, or even cut out altogether. If I were in the shoes of someone in this target audience, I may make the decision to revoke the decision to get breakfast from McDonalds but may not be as worried about getting a beverage from their menu. This is because the beverage category comes in last place when counting calories for each category on McDonald’s’ menu.  

In this visualization above, the size of the packed circles represents how many grams of sodium is in each lunch/dinner category on the McDonald’s menu. Lunch and dinner are considered to be any menu item under the categories “Chicken & Fish”, “Beef & Pork”, and “Salads”. To narrow the statistics down more specifically, we pulled the top five menu items in each subcategory with the highest sodium. Our target audience may find this useful if they want to be more conscious of what choices they are making for one of their biggest meals throughout the day, which is typically lunch or dinner! Also, for McDonald’s “regulars” who want to eat healthy, they may choose a salad over a burger when finding out that salads have less sodium. For example, Chicken McNuggets have the highest amount of sodium and calories on the McDonald’s menu. This is one of their most popular and iconic food items, and people who frequent McDonald’s may want to see this piece of information before making dinner choices when switching to a healthier lifestyle. So, McDonald’s lovers don’t have to give up their favorite fast-food lunches or dinners, they may just want to be made aware of the nutritional facts and this chart can help them! 

In the visualization shown above, we have shown each menu item in the “Chicken & Fish” and “Beef & Pork” categories, and how much protein is in each food option. Chicken or beef dinner items are extremely popular on the McDonald’s menu, and typically they are many frequent customers’ go-to! Meat is one of the most well-known food categories to turn to if you are trying to increase your protein intake. For example, people will most likely go for a chicken sandwich or nuggets when they need to fill up on a bigger meal. Also, protein is known to give you energy and be a crucial part of a balanced diet, as it is a macronutrient. People who eat at McDonald’s frequently for dinner and who are looking for ways to make their diet healthier will most likely benefit from knowing which menu item will have the most protein. Here, we have shown the top five highest protein food options on the McDonald’s menu in the dinner category with subcategories being chicken and beef. 

This visualization illustrates the top 5 highest cholesterol menu items per food category which in this visualization are breakfast, chicken & fish, beef & pork, salads, and snacks & sides. Each main circle is sized by cholesterol per food category and if you click on each circle you will see the top 5 highest cholesterol menu items in that category, also sized by cholesterol amount. From this visualization, you can see that the category with the highest cholesterol content is the breakfast items. If you are concerned about your cholesterol, you might want to steer clear from breakfast items, in particular the variations of the Big Breakfast and the Steak & Egg McMuffin. If you tend to go to McDonald’s for lunch or dinner or for a snack, take note of the items in the category you tend to eat from to have an idea of what menu items you might want to cut out, eat less of, or find alternatives for.  

This visualization shows the total fat for the top 5 lunch/dinner menu items. As you can see, high counts of Chicken McNuggets such as the 40 and 20 piece Chicken McNuggets contain the highest levels of total fat. Next in line come the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, the Bacon Clubhouse Burger, and the Bacon Clubhouse Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Those eating at McDonald’s who want to watch their fat intake might want to stay away from these menu items with a higher fat content. If one tends to eat one of these items, they might consider choosing alternatives with a lower fat content. Alternatives to these items might be a smaller count of Chicken McNuggets, a regular Quarter Pounder or opt for a burger or sandwich without bacon.  

This visualization highlights the top 10 most sugary soft drinks on the McDonald’s menu. Oftentimes when you go to McDonald’s, you also get a drink with your meal. Since McDonald’s has soda as an option, you might get soda, which is well-known as not the healthiest in its sugar content. Through this visualization, you can determine which soft drink you want to get based on sugar content. You can see that a large Coca-Cola Classic has the highest sugar content, so you might choose to downsize and get a medium Coca-Cola which is 21 less grams of sugar, or a small which is 37 grams less than a large. This same idea can be applied for the other drinks as you can see the sugar difference between sizes.  Alternatively, you might still want to get a large soda but instead of getting the highest sugar content Coca-Cola, you might opt for a large Dr. Pepper instead, which has 6 grams less sugar.  

If you want to get a sweet treat for the end of your meal, you might be deciding between a dessert item or a smoothie or shake. This visualization shows that your dessert options are going to be less sugary than if you purchased a smoothie or a shake. Hovering over each dot on the graph you can see more information about each menu item: the name of the item and the sugars in it. In this visualization, one can see that the item with the most sugar for the Smoothies & Shakes category is the Medium McFlurry with M&M Candies which has 128 sugars versus the highest item in the Dessert category is a Hot Fudge Sundae with only 48. So, if you’re wanting to get a sweet treat that’s lower in sugar, it’s probably best to choose a dessert item rather than a smoothie or shake.  

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