Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Tries to Join Other Fast Food Chains by Including "Healthy" Kale Option
It doesn’t matter if you are a fine dining restaurant, or a fast food chain, the fact remains that healthy living is on the rise, and it’s a trend most restaurants can not ignore if they want to remain relevant.
We’ve seen Panera Breads, Blaze Pizza, Jamba Juice, Wendy’s and even Taco Bell offer healthier plant-based items to their menus, clearly taking advantage of the fact that more diners are looking for vegan or vegetarian options on menus.
Back in 2015, McDonald’s responded to these changes by releasing an advertisement with a photo of their infamous Big Mac, with text that read “will never be kale”. However the fast food chain must have realized it took the wrong route as they have recently launched a kale salad option in Canadian locations. The salad, titled “Keep Calm, Caesar On”, boasts “real parmesan petals with a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale”, with the text on the container reading “get your greens on with 8 varieties of lettuce” and “4 servings of vegetables never tasted so good”.
So what exactly is in the salad? A lettuce blend with kale, bacon, parmesan, roasted garlic focaccia croutons, and fried chicken, topped with Kraft’s Asiago Caesar dressing. Definitely not vegan friendly, and not even vegetarian friendly. And for anyone paying attention to the ingredients, it should come as no surprise that this option is also not nutritious, despite the inclusion of kale. But you may still be surprised at how unhealthy it actually is. With 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of sodium, the salad has more fat and sodium than the double Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder with cheese, the Mighty Angus Burger, and even the Triple Thick Vanilla Milkshake!
Of course the company stated that the option for grilled chicken exists, for customers who are concerned about those above numbers, and that they can also order the salad free of dressing.
So the “healthy salad option” that the team at McDonald’s came up with is not suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or for those looking for a lighter nutritious meal. This just goes to show that adding a few pieces of kale doesn’t automatically make a meal good for you, but nice try McDonald’s!
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