Fast food restaurants have been trying to keep up with the recent health food trends by changing their menus and adding healthier options. But are these options really that much healthier?
According to an article on CBC.ca, that may not actually be the case. When comparing the nutritional value of one of the newest kale salads offered at McDonald’s, it actually has more sodium, fat, and calories than the popular Double Big Mac. McDonald’s has also added a Caesar salad to their menu which is full of nutrient-rich greens, including baby kale. However once you add-on the signature crispy chicken and asiago dressing, the salad becomes a sodium bomb that comes in at over 50 grams of fat and 730 calories.
Don’t give up your fast food salads just yet, says Jon Urbana, owner of a famous lacrosse camp in Denver. There are ways to cut down on the calories, fat, and sodium when ordering your lunch. Nutritionists recommend cutting down the salad dressing by only adding half the amount to your meal. Also, opt for no cheese when you can and ask for the grilled version of your protein instead of the crispy version. These tips will help to make your meal a healthier one.
Just food for thought next time you think you are doing yourself a favor by ordering healthy at a fast food restaurant.