Would a Dietician Recommend McDonalds Salads?

The short answer to this question is no, as McDonald’s salads are very high in sodium if they are ordered with meat. The chicken in the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken has 960 mg of sodium, and the same salad with crispy chicken has 920 mg of sodium. Eliminating the chicken from the salad drops the sodium level to 150 mg. Sodium is easy to get in any diet, and the amount of sodium the meat adds to these salads is excessive.

The amount of calories found in McDonald’s Salads is reasonable if the meat is removed and averages about 150 calories for the premium salads. Adding croutons adds only 60 more calories, which is also quite reasonable. The only other danger lies in the dressings available. Avoid the Creamy Caesar or Ranch dressings, which are 190 and 170 calories, respectively. Go with the Creamy Southwest dressing (100 calories) instead.

The lower-calorie dressings, the Low-Fat Italian and Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette are great as far as calories go, but are ridiculously high in sodium at 730 mg. The Creamy Southwest dressing has only 340 mg of sodium, which is not bad if used in a premium salad with no meat.

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