Thursday, February 4, 2016

McDonald's Kale Salad

Did you hear the news?  McDonald's is offering a kale salad.

Did you hear the other news?  The salad has more calories, fat and sodium than a DOUBLE Big Mac.  LOL!!!!! 

"McDonald's boasts on its site that the 'Keep Calm, Caesar On' chicken salad contains 'real parmesan petals' and 'a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale.'  But once you plop the accompanying Asiago Caesar dressing on the crispy chicken version, the salad's nutritional profile doesn't look so good. According to McDonald's own numbers, the salad tops up at 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of salt."

So what are nutrition experts saying about this menu choice?

"Obesity expert, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says the chain is trying to appeal to consumers' need to 'feel like they're not making such terrible choices.' He adds, 'Words like kale can help do that.'"

And it's not just the kale salad that's at issue.

"Even McDonald's lightest chicken kale salad is not a nutritional winner ... Combined with the Greek Feta Dressing, the 'I'm Greek-ing ' salad with grilled chicken amounts to: 420 calories, 26 grams of fat, and 1,080 milligrams of sodium. That's almost the same calorie, fat and salt content as a Double Cheeseburger."

Read about the new menu item here.  But my personal favorite quote from the entire article? 

"CBC News had to do some searching online to crunch the numbers for salads. Nutritional information for the kale salads (on McDonald's nutritional information list) excludes the dressing they're served with. We found the dressings in a separate category under 'condiments.'"


  1. This was so horrifying. It just goes to show that you can't trust ANYONE out there with your pre-prepared or packaged food. You can really only trust yourself with what you make at home!!!

    1. Well ... that and ... to be realistic, it IS McDonald's food we're talking about. LOL! Can't expect much I suppose.