McDonald’s New ‘Healthy’ Options Contain More Calories Than McNuggets

New McDonald’s menu items around the world, like smoothies and quinoa and kale salads, are not as healthy as you’d hope
A kale salad and a smoothie sounds like a smart fast food option, but you may as well give up and get the cheeseburger instead.

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A kale salad and a smoothie sounds like a smart fast food option, but you may as well give up and get the cheeseburger instead.

It’s no secret that 2015 was the year of a serious image makeover for McDonald’s. The Golden Arches has added customizable burger options to its menus, and attempted to disassociate itself with the image of gluttony and obesity by implementing new healthy menu options. But even though soy, quinoa, and kale have made their way onto McDonald’s menus internationally, these new “healthier” options are more bark than nutritional bite, according to The Daily Mail.

For example, a new blueberry pomegranate smoothie on the menu at U.S. locations, contains 54 grams of sugar, which is 12 grams of sugar more than a medium Coke. McDonald’s in Japan has also started to carry matcha green tea Frappuccinos, which contain about the same amount of calories as a McDonald’s cheeseburger.

The I'm Greeking Out salad bowl, which comes with baby kale, topped with feta cheese, couscous and pita crisps, sliced cucumber, and fresh red peppers, is 280 calories with 12 grams of fat, which is just as much fat as a four-piece chicken McNugget meal or a cheeseburger. It’s also just as many calories as a six-piece chicken McNuggets meal.

New Zealand's Zesty Guacamole Chicken Burger (which sounds healthy, right?) contains an alarming 24 grams of fat, which is just shy of the 26 grams of fat in a McRib and more fat than a bacon McDouble burger. 

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