Out of the deep fryer


McDonalds anonunced that it would no longer offer “Super Size” on its menu. The ostensible reason was that the addition of newer healthier options didn’t leave room on the menu for “Super Size”.

This was of course laughable on its face.

Now it’s even more laughable, because it turns out that the so-called “healthy” options are even fattier than the burgers. You can see for yourself on McDonalds’ own Interactive Nutrition Counter. A Caesar Salad with Chicken Premiere contains 18.4 grams of fat, compared to 11.5 grams of fat in a cheeseburger.

[Raymond is currently on vacation; this message was pre-recorded.]

Comments (13)
  1. CC says:

    Boy do I feel vindicated with all those cheeseburgers :)

  2. asdf says:

    With their slogan and menu changes I got the feeling that McDonnald’s no longer loves to see me smile. But then they go and do something like http://www.i-am-asian.com and now I don’t know what to think.

  3. Too funny. You live in Baltimore? I was born in Ellicot City, family is in Catonsville now. We were in Fells Point this weekend with the family.

  4. Paul says:

    > A Caesar Salad with Chicken Premiere contains 18.4 grams of fat, compared to 11.5 grams of fat in a cheeseburger.

    True, but the cheeseburger also happens to be smaller than the salad; if you select "View per 100g/ml" then the numbers are 5.9 grams of fat for the salad, and 9.5 for the cheeseburger.

  5. Ross says:

    I was disappointed yesterday to find that Burger King (at least here in Manchester, NH) has discontinued its Veggie Burgers after being on the menu for a year or so.

  6. Of course, the thing that everyone seems to be missing is this:

    Most people (unless they’re really strange) don’t eat fries with their salads.

    Most people do eat fries with a cheeseburger.

    And thus endeth the mystery – it is still a lower calorie meal. And it’ll fill you up much more than a cheeseburger….

  7. njkayaker says:

    While there are decent veggie burgers, I thought the BK version sucked. One would think in Manchester, NH, there would be reasonable alternatives to BK’s offering.

  8. McGroarty says:

    A similar chuckle several years back when McDonald’s introduced their morning muffins. The Apple bran muffin had more fat (and more overall calories) than their cheeseburger!

  9. Norman Diamond says:

    3/24/2004 8:23 AM asdf

    > But then they go and do something like

    > http://www.i-am-asian.com and now I don’t

    > know what to think.

    I think most Asians wouldn’t know what to think either. Most Asians aren’t American. If they find that site and see the assertion that Asians are Americans, they’d probably spend a few seconds to note one more weirdity about Americans, then forget about it, and move on to another site.

    Back to the base note, surely the salad’s fat content is in the dressing. Does McDonald’s offer non-oil dressings?

  10. Brian says:

    Let’s not ignore that it’s not how much fat you consume that makes you fat. Atkins and similar diets are predicated on more or less discounting fat content of food. But we’ve been so inundated with the "fat is bad" message and "you are what you eat" (both untrue) for years that I give Raymond a pass on pointing out this non-inconsistency.

    Not to say that McDonald’s is ever going to be a healthy choice, but who cares? I’m thin, it tastes good, match made in heaven! ;-)

  11. Steve says:

    Simon, fries in your salad are commonly referred to as "Pittsburgh-Style". In Pittsburgh, you always get them when ordering anything but a house salad. It’s really kind of strange.

  12. Louis Parks says:

    Too lazy to check, but I wonder how the salad mentioned compares to Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, or Double Quarter Pounders. I thought cheeseburgers were for kids…

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