What’s more nutritous?

Inquiring minds


Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here is one of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.


Q. Which is more nutritious — a Big Mac or a BLT on a croissant?


A. Well, it’s unlikely that either is going to win you points for healthy eating, but sometimes the stomach wants what the stomach wants, right? The McDonald’s Big Mac supplies 563 calories vs. the bacon-lettuce-tomato croissant at 445 calories. The Big Mac has more fat grams overall — 33 to be precise — but the BLT has higher levels of saturated fat at 15.2 grams. The BLT offers about a quarter of your daily requirement of Vitamin A, but the Big Mac scores high in calcium and iron. And so on.

On the whole, there’s no clear nutritional winner here. Maybe the best solution is to eat whichever one sounds better to you today and resolve to have a truly healthy meal (raw veggies anyone?) tomorrow.  

(Internet nutritional resources.)


Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 651-724-6001 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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