Claim from a nutritionist after McDonald's begins offering hamburgers and pips 24/7 in Australia

Experts say that a Big Mac with 520 calories falls within the recommended breakfast intake for men and is slightly higher for women

McDonald's decision to extend its dinner menu throughout the day has sparked a startling debate over whether a hamburger is a healthy breakfast option or not.

The new all-day menu means that customers can now order Big Macs, quarter pounders and Chicken McNuggets along with their cup of coffee or orange juice in the morning.

While a hamburger for breakfast might not be the obvious choice, with 520 calories, a Big Mac falls within the caloric intake recommended for men and is slightly higher than that of women.

Experts say that a Big Mac with 520 calories falls within the recommended breakfast intake for men and is slightly higher for women

Experts say that a Big Mac with 520 calories falls within the recommended breakfast intake for men and is slightly higher for women

According to the Nutrition Australia guidelines, an acceptable calorie intake in breakfast for men is 375-625, and for women it is 300-500 calories.

GRAMOnce the breakfast meal should be 15 to 25 percent of the daily caloric intake recommended by people, do not rule out a Big Mac, the nutritionist Lyndi Cohen saying Yahoo! 7.

"Assuming you do not eat or drink anything, the Big Mac provides adequate calories for men and just a little too much for women," he said.

But if you're looking for a balanced breakfast, Cohen said the Big Mac "is not a good choice" because it lacks essential nutrients.

He added that the main problem when choosing a Big Mac for breakfast is that it contains almost half of the recommended daily intake of saturated fats.

"The consumption of too many saturated fats has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in Australia, and in the world," he said.

The new McDonald's menu around the clock has sparked a debate over whether a hamburger is a healthy breakfast option or not.

The new McDonald's menu around the clock has sparked a debate over whether a hamburger is a healthy breakfast option or not.

The new McDonald's menu around the clock has sparked a debate over whether a hamburger is a healthy breakfast option or not.

Another nutritionist, Victoria Malouf agreed with Mrs. Cohen, saying she is horrified at the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčeating a hamburger at breakfast.

She said that continuously eating a diet high in saturated fat and sugar can significantly increase your chances of developing serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

While Ms. Cohen said that a Big Mac is fine as a food "sometimes", she went on to say that it is a bad choice compared to other traditional breakfast products, such as muesli or eggs on toast, that provide a meal more nutritious

The new All Day menu means that customers can now order Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and Chicken McNuggets along with their cup of coffee or orange juice in the morning

The new All Day menu means that customers can now order Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and Chicken McNuggets along with their cup of coffee or orange juice in the morning

The new All Day menu means that customers can now order Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and Chicken McNuggets along with their cup of coffee or orange juice in the morning

"The Big Mac contains 9 g of sugar, which is equivalent to two teaspoons," he said.

"While this is the same amount of sugar found in a healthy muesli, the Big Mac also has a high content of saturated fat, total fat and sodium."

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