Q: Can McDonald's food be part of a healthy, balanced diet?
A: Yes. Many nutrition professionals agree that McDonald's food can be part of a healthy eating style based on the sound nutrition principles of balance, variety and moderation. One key to a healthy diet is to moderate, not eliminate, favourite foods because eliminating foods is rarely successful long term. It is important to eat a balanced diet over time, rather than focusing on any one food or meal.
McDonald's varied menu and range of serving sizes make it easy to fit our food into a balanced diet and to create a range of meal combinations that fall within recommended guidelines for calories, fat and other nutrients. Customers can gain easy access to nutritional information on our food via this website, in-restaurant traymats and leaflets.
Q: Can Happy Meals be part of a balanced diet for kids?
A: Yes. McDonald's Happy Meals can be part of a well-balanced diet for kids. In fact, kids' meals at McDonald's offer age-appropriate portion sizes and contain at least nine important nutrients that growing kids need, including calcium, iron, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals (according to the US Food and Drug Administration), depending on choices made.
McDonald’s Singapore offers mix ‘N’ match Happy Meals which allows Mums to create a balanced meal for their children simply by choosing an entrée, a side and drink from a wide range of wholesome choices available. And at no extra cost too.
By offering greater choice, we aim to help children eat balanced meals, while encouraging the right balance between calories consumed and energy expended through physical activity.
Q: Can people with special dietary needs eat at McDonald's?
A: Yes, and to help them do so, we provide extensive nutritional information on each of our most popular menu items. We also welcome customers to place special orders for various menu items to help meet their nutritional needs. For example:
- To trim calories and fat, order your sandwich without cheese or sauce.
- To cut back on sodium, ask for no salt in your fries or eliminate the sauce in your sandwich.
- If you prefer more fibre in your sandwich (eg. McSpicy or McChicken), ask for more veggies - at no extra cost.
A good way not to exceed or fall short on your dietary needs is to choose appropriate serving sizes. We provide a range of portion sizes for our French fries, Chicken McNuggets and all beverages.
Q: Is McDonald’s French fries suitable for vegetarians?
A: McDonald’s Singapore uses only 100% vegetable oil to cook our world-famous French fries – they do not contain wheat, gluten or beef extract, and is hence suitable for vegetarians.
Other menu items such as McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and McChicken patties are also cooked in 100% vegetable oil, and in separate cooking vats.
Q: I am a vegetarian. What foods can I eat at McDonald’s?
A: The French fries and Hashbrowns served at McDonald’s Singapore are suitable for vegetarians. Likewise, the “fresh sidekicks" comprising Corn Cup and Apple Slices. Additionally, we gladly accommodate customer requests to custom-order sandwiches without meat (i.e., without beef, chicken or fish).
Q: How can I add more fibre to my meal at McDonald’s?
A: You may ask for more veggies in your sandwich, at no extra cost. Also, you could consider complementing your Extra Value Meal with a wholesome “sidekick" such as a Vitamin C-rich Corn Cup or a pack of Apple Slices. (A “sidekick" is available at only $1 with an Extra Value Meal purchase.).
Q: How does the quality of McDonald's food compare to the food I serve at home?
A: Many of the products we serve at McDonald's are from the same trusted brands you might purchase at the local supermarket and serve in your own home. We take pride in the foods we serve you and your family. That's why we seek out fresh produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, apples, quality buns, potatoes, pure ground beef, select poultry, fish and wholesome dairy products from trusted sources from around the world.
Q: What's the meaning of your theme, "it's what i eat and what i do™…i'm lovin' it"?
A: The "it's what i eat and what i do" theme is part of McDonald's ongoing commitment to inspire people to live balanced, active lifestyles. The theme captures the message that people should strive to find their own level of energy balance.
Achieving energy balance is eating roughly the same number of calories that you use up throughout the day. To put it simply, Energy IN should be equal to Energy OUT. Energy IN refers to the food that you eat every day, including meals, snacks and beverages. Energy OUT is the amount of energy you use when you walk, exercise, work and play and what your body uses for living (e.g., to keep your heart pumping, lungs breathing and blood circulating).
When you maintain energy balance, your Energy IN is about the same as your Energy OUT. Your weight stays steady and your well-being improves. When energy IN is greater than energy OUT, weight is likely to be gained. Conversely, when energy IN is less than energy OUT, weight loss may be the result.
When you maintain energy balance — that is, your energy IN is about the same as your energy OUT — you help keep your weight steady and improve overall well-being. When energy IN is greater than energy OUT, you can gain weight. When energy IN is less than energy OUT, you can lose weight.
Q: Is the food served at all Singapore McDonald's restaurants certified Halal?
A: Yes, all McDonald's restaurants in Singapore received Halal certification from MUIS (The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore). The regulatory body approved McDonald's food for consumption by Muslims in 1992.