In an attempt to boost their slippery sales, McDonald's has made several nutritional changes to their menu over the last few years, from the addition of apple slices, grilled chicken wraps and fat-free chocolate milk to cage-free eggs, organic buns and whole grain oatmeal. And we can’t forget all-day breakfast! But some recent not-so-healthful debuts make you wonder—how desperate is McDonald’s?
The recent reintroduction of deep-fried pies (which had been replaced in 1992 by a healthier baked version) is a flat belly nightmare. For just 79 cents, you can order one in Southern California. And fried pies aren’t the only new potential diet disaster. Along with the introduction of more nourishing items, McDonald's is experimenting with more fattening sides like sweet potato fries and mozzarella sticks at locations around the U.S. And if you’re willing to catch a flight to Singapore, packets of truffle flavoring are now being offered like ketchup, giving customers the option to fancy up a regular order of fries. It's safe to assume that won't make them any better for you (the fries already contained 18 ingredients).
Although there's no word as to whether McDonald's plans to mainstream these flab-inducing offerings, we wonder why every healthy menu addition is accompanied by an unhealthful one. Apparently McDonald's is doing something right by consumers, because in the past quarter sales increased for the first time since 2013. Maybe customers like the idea of having choice—but how often do we make the right decision when we're tempted by the wrong ones?
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