The Surprising Reason McDonald's Ditched Their Salads

If you’re one of those people who orders a salad at fast-food restaurants, it’s likely you’re missing the ones at McDonald’s. In 2020, the fast-food giant said goodbye to their greens. Of course, the majority of customers go to McDonald’s for their burgers and fries, so it would seem to some that getting rid of what appeared to be their healthiest option was not a good move on the company's part. There’s just one problem: their salads weren’t all that healthy. In fact, their kale salad contained more calories, fat and salt than a Double Big Mac. At a whopping 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and a staggering 1,400mg of sodium, the salad was anything but healthy. Surprisingly, that’s not why McDonald’s showed their salads the door. Instead, it was to save money. Salads, it turns out, required the fast-food chain to purchase massive quantities of a different type of lettuce than the kind they use to garnish their burgers and sandwiches. Axing the salads from the menu, meant the company saved a lot of money. As with any company, profit is the name of the game, and the bottom line will always drive the menu of restaurants.