Usain Bolt Loves McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets
The world’s fastest man – Usain Bolt – has confessed to eating a thousand McDonald’s chicken nuggets, or McNuggets, while he was at the 2008 Olympics (in Beijing, China).
Eating 100 McNuggets a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
By his own admission, Usain Bolt shared publicly that on his first day in Beijing, he at a 20-piece box of McDonald’s McNuggets, for lunch, and then one for dinner.
On day two, he ate two boxes of McNuggets for breakfast (that’s 40 nuggets), one for lunch, and another couple for dinner, plus French fries and an apple pie. Usain Bolt estimated that he ate at least 100 chicken nuggets a day for 10 days at the Olympics. A Yahoo! Sports article estimates that Usain Bolt consumed at least 4,750 calories, containing 300 grams of fat during this ten day period.
Was this proper training food before running in the Olympics?
Let’s just say that this extreme “Usain Bolt Chicken Nuggets” diet was exactly the healthiest, but Usain Bolt’s rigorous training up to this point wasn’t about to fail him because of his bad eating.
Despite his poor choice of training food, he still won the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter, the men’s 200 meter, and the men’s 4 X 100 meter relay events.
Does Eating McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Make a Person Run Faster?
No. Not at all. The “Usain Bolt Chicken Nuggets” diet is not recommended for anyone to try.
Proper Training and a Nutrition-Rich Diet Makes a Person a Faster Runner
In Usain Bolt’s case, he had done the hard training to build up to the Olympics, and probably had a strict diet back at home. He is very fortunate to still win gold medals in the three events with such a large consumption of fried foods.
Evidence that Chicken Nuggets are Bad for Your Health
A 2012 CBS news article reported that a British teenager – Stacey Irvine – ate almost all chicken nuggets for 15 years, without any fruits or vegetables. Stacey would share a 20-piece chicken nuggets and French fries with her boyfriend every day. Stacey would occasionally eat a slice of toast for breakfast, or have a snack of potato chips, but would always consume McNuggets as her main meal.
An estimate by the Daily Mail puts one 20-piece McNuggets meal (including French fries) at 926 calories, and 58g of fat.
Stacey Irvine was diagnosed with anemia and has swollen veins in her tongue. Her high sodium and high fat diet put her at risk for heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.
Doctors Tell Stacey to Give Up the Chicken Nuggets or Die
Doctors treating Stacey bluntly told her that if she continued her diet of McNuggets from McDonald’s, she would die. Stacey’s mom shared that Stacey has been eating McNuggets since she was 2 years old, and “she can’t eat anything else.”
Start Early Teaching Children About Nutritious Foods
Experts recommend training children at an early age to eat healthy fruits and vegetables on a daily basis so they get essential vitamins like Vitamin A, C, E, K, and folate.
Do not simply feed your child only chicken nuggets because that is what they like. Read parenting books on how to properly manage a child’s diet, incorporating healthy foods into meals and snacks.