The myth of healthy fast food.
After all the pressure McDonald’s started their healthy food journey, but according to experts they didn’t make it far, one of their salads has more fat, calories, and sodium than a Double Big Mac.
As a part of their new healthy image, McDonald’s introduced kale in few of its dishes, including their line of salads. According to the official McDonald’s website, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” chicken McDonald’s salad has “real parmesan petals” and “a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale.”
According to the same source, once you add the accompanying Asiago Caesar dressing on the “crispy chicken” version, the salads nutritional value goes to 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of salt.
The numbers are so high, that you need to consume three traditional McDonald’s hamburgers to get that much calories. Even a Double Big Mac has fewer calories and much less fat, although it does contain slightly more saturated fat. Their Caesar salad also has more salt content than the Double Big Mac.
Canada authorities recommend adults should not exceed 2,300 milligrams of salt daily, although ideally they should aim for 1,500 milligrams.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff explains that chain is trying to appeal to consumers’ need to “feel like they’re not making terrible choices,” and “words like ‘kale’ can help do that.” But the Ottawa doctor says there’s not much difference between a salad and a burger when both have similar salt and calorie content.
The Cesar chicken salad it’s not the only perp, McDonald’s has the same situation Greek-ing Out salad with kale. Combined with the Greek Feta Dressing, the “I’m Greek-ing Out” salad with grilled chicken amounts to: 420 calories, 26 grams of fat and 1,080 milligrams of sodium, which is almost the same calorie, fat and salt content as a Double Cheeseburger.
In McDonald’s defense, the experts recommend that if you want to cut the calories simply don’t put the dressing, since every salad stops being a salad after you put cream dressing on top. Removing the feta would help to cut down on salt.