McDonald’s, one of the largest fast food chains in Canada has made several changes in the past couple years to become a “modern, progressive burger company” as the mighty business king was hit with low sales in 2015.
With a mission to be more urban and health conscious, the chain announced it would be adding kale to its menu, a healthy food item receiving high praise in the nutrition and fitness world.
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Following the announcement, McDonald’s rolled out new salads including the Caesar Salad With Crispy Chicken, which comes with premium lettuce mix, baby kale, bacon pieces, and roasted garlic focaccia croutons. While the relatively new salad sure sounds healthy, a look at the numbers indicate otherwise as first noted by CBC.
According to the McDonald’s Nutrition Centre, the Caesar Salad With Crispy Chicken has 520 calories, 31 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbs, and 27 grams of protein. This however does not include the accompanying Asiago Caesar dressing which boosts the numbers to 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of salt.
For the record, that’s more calories, fat, and salt than a Double Big Mac, or 3 hamburgers.
In fact, the only burgers that have more calories than the salad with dressing are the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (740 calories), Angus Classic with Bacon and Cheese (780 calories), and Mighty Angus (790 calories).
While the occasional run to McDonald’s doesn’t hurt, it’s important to check the nutrition to ensure you know what you’re consuming. Alternatively, here’s a couple food options at McDonald’s that WON’T break your diet.
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