Guilty Pleasure: McDonald’s Cookies

This weekend on my way home from a night out, my sister, some friends, and I made a pit stop at McDonald’s. Keep in mind that the only thing open at 2:30 a.m. was McDonald’s or a Diner. The only thing I ever go to McDonald’s for is an iced coffee or unsweet tea. As we were going through the drive-through, a glowing sign for a box of 13 cookies was staring us down.

The McDonald’s cookies are seriously delicious. Probably because they warm them up. If these cookies are so delicious there must be some terribly awful ingredients in them, right?
Nutrition Facts:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin (emulsifier), artificial flavor, vanilla], enriched flour (bleached wheat flour,
malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), margarine [palm oil, water, soybean oil, salt, natural flavor, whey, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate (preservative), soy lecithin, beta carotene (color), natural flavor (dairy source), artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate], sugar, brown sugar, eggs, artificial flavor (vanillin, ethyl vanillin), caramel color, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), salt.
160 calories, 8 g fat, 3.5 g saturated, 90 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 15 g sugar


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ingredients: Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, margarine [palm oil, soybean oil, water, salt,
natural flavor, whey, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate (preservative), soy lecithin, artificial flavor, beta carotene (color), vitamin A palmitate], rolled oats, brown sugar, raisins, eggs, corn flakes [milled corn, sugar, malt flavoring, salt, high fructose corn syrup, reduced iron, thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin], sweetened coconut [desiccated coconut, sugar, water, propylene glycol and sodium metabisulfite (preservatives)], artificial flavor (vanillin, ethyl vanillin), caramel color, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), salt.
150 calories, 6 g fat, 2.5 g saturated, 135 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 13 g sugar
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I was surprised to find that the cookies have no trans fat. I figured since they came from McDonald’s there had to be something horribly wrong with them. That is not the case. The cookies are made with similar ingredients to cookies you would make at home. In fact, those Tollhouse cookie dough packages that people love to make are loaded with trans fat.
The negatives are that the cookies have a little more sodium than you would expect in a cookie, and the first ingredient in the chocolate chip cookies is sugar. Of course, that is why each cookie has 15 grams of sugar. Finally, the oatmeal raisin cookies have an ingredient called propylene glycol which is commonly used as a moisturizer in hair care products, to make artificial smoke, and as a coolant (in air conditioners and other products). I try to stay away from this stuff as much as possible, even in my face wash products. It makes me feel as if I am ingesting and coating my body with chemicals. However, propylene glycol is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, and there is not much evidence that shows it can cause any harm in humans. 
There are so many crazy chemicals out there that we can’t go insane over every little ingredient. I won’t be eating cookies anytime soon (unless I make some flax bran cookies). Until my next cookie adventure I will be eating my fruits and veggies :)

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