Healthy fast food? McDonald’s kale salad has more calories than a Double Big Mac

When you add the accompanying dressing to the crispy chicken Caesar salad with kale, it has more calories, salt, and fat than a Double Big Mac.

In a quest to reinvent its image, McDonald’s is on a health kick. But some of its nutrient-enhanced meals are actually comparable to junk food, say some health experts.

One of McDonald’s new kale salads has more calories, fat, and sodium than a Double Big Mac.

Kale, a leafy green vegetable chock-full of vitamins, has become a trendy superfood. In Canada, the global fast food chain recently tossed the green into a breakfast wrap and a line of salads.

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.

“Health-wise, I think it’s fat and sodium overload,” says Toronto registered dietician, Shauna Lindzon.

You’d have to chow down three traditional McDonald’s hamburgers to consume about the same number of calories.

A Double Big Mac actually has fewer calories and much less fat, although it does contain slightly more saturated fat. At 1,400 milligrams, the Caesar salad’s salt content also beats the burger’s.

Health Canada recommends adults should not exceed 2,300 milligrams of salt daily and ideally aim for 1,500 milligrams.

“By eating that salad, you’re getting your sodium for the day,” said Lindzon. Average adult women would also be getting about one third their recommended daily calories.

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