McDonald’s clerk: “Would you like kale with that?”
McDonald’s clerk: “No, seriously, would you like kale with that?!”
In their most desperate marketing attempt since the Filet-O-Fish, McDonald’s has decided to add kale, the “always trending” leafy green, to its menu in hopes of attracting a new wave of health conscious customers.
However, a disturbing fact regarding their latest “health move” has since been uncovered: a kale salad at McDonald’s STILL contains more calories than a double Big Mac! Um, what the kale?
While efforts to attract aging millennials with the hipster vegetable are greatly appreciated, the findings aren’t exactly surprising (after all, it is still a fast food burger chain) and nutritional facts posted on the McDonald’s website do not lie: the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” entrée salad, which has been introduced in Canada, contains more calories, fat, and sodium than a double Big Mac when you add the Asiago Caesar dressing.
A Big Mac itself includes 680 calories, 38 grams of fat, and 1,340 milligrams of sodium. On the other hand, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad contains 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of sodium. I’m no health expert—but those are some crazy numbers.
From the outside, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad may sound healthy. It’s even described by McDonalds as a “nutrient-rich lettuce blend” with “real parmesan petals and roasted garlic focaccia croutons.” Who knew a double Big Mac slathered in a creamy Thousand Island dressing would be considered healthier?! Only at McDonald’s.