With McDonald’s dedication to giving consumers a ‘healthier’ menu, the fast food giant is making waves with their new ‘real fruit’ smoothies.
Hitting over 14,000 locations in the United States alone, these new smoothies are increasing sales while giving its die-hard fans a healthier option to the rest of the menu. The one problem is that these so called healthy shakes don’t fit the bill.
which consists of items like the Big Breakfast with Hot Cakes (Large Biscuit) which contains some astounding nutritional facts: 1150 calories and 2260 grams of sodium. Then there is the Angus Bacon & Cheese which has 790 calories and 2070 grams of sodium, but seriously what are we talking about here?
McDonald’s has never boasted that it’s a nutritional safe-haven, hell-bent on delivering its buyers salads, fruits, and every other bland tasting healthy food in the book. The fast food giant has taken a different stance towards the obesity craze of the 21st century and their new smoothies were supposed to help in that endeavor.
The new ‘real fruit’ smoothies pack quite the punch containing a lot of sugar and a higher amount of calories than one would think. A small strawberry fruit smoothie contains 210 calories or about as much as you’d expect to see in a small order of fries. The large smoothie contains 330 calories which is essentially like sucking a cheeseburger through your straw, not to mention the 70 grams of sugar that’s added to each one.
Despite not being the unhealthiest treat on the menu, McDonald’s new smoothies are still far from a good choice if you’re looking to satisfy your appetite. Stick to your basic fruit and vegetable groups and you should be just fine.