Nando's Is More Unhealthy For You Than McDonald's, Study Reveals

When it comes to fast food you expect it to be bad for you, that's kind of the appeal - you want to lie hungover on your sofa, binge-watching multiple series of Friends, while you gorge on greasy food until you feel physically sick. Bliss.

But whereas you might expect the likes of McDonald's meals to be packed full of sugar and fat, the same can't be said for a Nando's, I mean, how unhealthy can chicken and chips really be?

Well apparently, pretty unhealthy.

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Liverpool found that actually traditional fast food meals are LESS calorific than those served at restaurants - which well exceed the 600 recommended for an evening meal.

A study looking at the calorie content of 13,500 meals from six fast food chains and 21 full service restaurants in the UK, revealed that customers at McDonald's, Wimpy and Burger King were consuming an average of 751 calories.

Nando's meals have more calories than those at McDonald's. Credit: McDonalds
Nando's meals have more calories than those at McDonald's. Credit: McDonalds

KFC where the average meal contained 987 calories, was the worst offender among fast food chains.

But this was still behind restaurants, which were found to be serving an average of 1,033 calories.

According to the study Hungry Horse meals had an average of 1,358 calories, while JD Wetherspoon meals came to 1,119 calories.

And perhaps quite surprisingly packing in an impressive 1,019 calories onto their plates, those Nando's have become just that little bit cheekier.

Dr Eric Robinson, who led the study, said: "Only one in ten of the meals we surveyed could be considered a healthy number of calories.

"Although some of the results are shocking our findings probably underestimate the number of calories consumed in restaurants because our analysis did not include drinks, starters, desserts or side orders.

"It's really clear what the food industry need to do, they need to act more responsibly and reduce the number of calories that they're serving."

Last month a buff gym goer wanted to bust some myths about how unhealthy fast food can be for you and went about eating McDonald's three times a day, every day, for a month.

In the end he lost over a stone, but admitted he went to the gym every day and was actually eating more calories a day before he started the 'challenge' - so he was guaranteed to lose weight.

LADbible has contacted Nando's for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Nando's/McDonald's

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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