If you want to eat healthier take-out food, try not to opt for a McDonald’s kale salad.
As of late, McDonald’s has been tapping into the latest fashion food market by incorporating kale into their new dishes. With their new wraps and salads the company is trying to appeal to the “health-conscious” crowd.
Sure, kale alone is nutritious for you, but once you start adding crispy chicken, cheese, and fatty dressings it becomes anything but healthy. As it turns out, if you do the comparison with their holy grail of burgers, the Big Mac, McDonald’s new kale salad ranks higher on the fatty scale.
A Double Big Mac comes packed with 680 calories, 38 grams of fat and 1,340 milligrams of salt. The caesar salad which features kale, bacon, parmesan cheese, croutons and crispy chicken has a whopping 520 calories, 31 grams of fat and 1,140 milligrams of salt. If the asiago caesar dressing is added to the salad it rings in at 730 calories, 53 grams of fat and 1,400 milligrams of salt (even if you add the low-calorie dressing it still tops the calories of a regular big mac).
According to Health Canada, Canadians consume about 3,400 milligrams of salt each day but shouldn’t be consuming more than 1,500. But let’s face it, if you’re heading to McDonald’s, don’t expect to stay on the safe side of the a diet.
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