McDonald’s Mighty Wings – Not for the Weak Hearted

McDonald's Mighty Wings

Whoever invented chicken wing dishes is a genius. Those boney, meat-scarce and fatty appendages to the bird would have gone to waste had not someone thought of breading, deep frying, and making it acceptable to eat with your hands in public.

McDonald’s is now offering its version, dubbed Mighty Wings.

Let’s take a peek under the hood, shall we?

You can choose a 3, 5, or 10 count. Which do you think is the most popular size?

Let’s look at the 5 count, which is about 5 ounces. It has 480 calories, almost a quarter of a 2000 calorie day, for finger food that most likely won’t count as a single meal.

Here’s the fat breakdown: 60% of the calories (280) come from fat! Of the 31 grams of fat, 7 grams are saturated. That’s one third of the daily allowance.

Salt? 1450mg of sodium, which is close to 65% of the recommended daily maximum for healthy people under the age of 45. For older folks and people with heart issues or other disease, that’s just about 100% of the daily sodium allowance.

All this is before you dip the wings in ketchup, mayo, or other sauces.

On to the ingredient list:

Chicken Wing Sections, Water, Salt, Rice Starch, Sodium Phosphates, Spice Extractives, Maltodextrin, Extractives of Garlic and Onion. Battered and Breaded with: Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Rice Flour, Spices, Spice Extractives, Extractives of Paprika, Sugar, Onion Powder, Yeast, Xanthan Gum. Prepared in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

Did you notice that the wings are fried in fully hydrogenated oil, that is treated with controversial chemicals TBHQ and Dimethylpolysiloxane?

The combination of salt and fat in this food is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on your heart. Thank goodness the wings are a pricey menu item ($6 for a 5 count). Besides saving your cardiac health, saving money is also good motivator to keep people away from this dish.

Are you a wing eater?

  • Lisa

    if you value your life, don’t eat this toxic GMO shit!

  • Heidi

    I love wings sometimes, but they do not have to be breaded to get crispy and when I think wings mc Donald’s is not somewhere I would consider!!!

  • Nicole S0829

    I feel like this is all common sense to anyone who has this app…it’s McDonalds.
    Please write something not so obvious

    • Fooducate

      We write for the general public too, not just Fooducate app users…

  • Cactus_Wren

    I’m old enough to remember when chicken wings were sold in the supermarket meat section for 29¢/lb, because they were considered all but useless. Huge plastic-covered tray packs of “backs and wings” for making soup.

  • Nicole G

    Fuck that bullshit!
    Organic GMO free for life!!

  • Eric

    What exactly is so mighty about these wings?

  • Motoyo Minamoto

    They were horrible. I don’t know if it’s the breading or the oil (probably both) but it has an awful after taste. I think it gave me the runs the next day too. I don’t know why I go back! When will I learn?