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McDonald’s Uses Olive Oil in New Sandwich

Apr. 6, 2015
Isabel Putinja

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McDonald’s Corporation has started using olive oil in the prepa­ra­tion of some of its recipes.

In media reports of the widely pub­li­cized launch of McDonald’s new arti­san grilled chicken” sand­wich in the US, the new recipe is said to be made of 100% real chicken breast” and cooked in a blend of olive oil and canola oil.

The old recipe had been pre­pared using liq­uid mar­garine which included a long list of ingre­di­ents, includ­ing hydro­genated cot­ton­seed and soy­bean oils, water, par­tially hydro­genated soy­bean oil, salt, soy lecithin, mono-and diglyc­erides, sodium ben­zoate and potas­sium sor­bate (preser­v­a­tives), arti­fi­cial fla­vor, cit­ric acid, vit­a­min A palmi­tate, and beta carotene (color).


The new grilled chicken recipe is made with 12 ingre­di­ents instead of 18 and does not include any arti­fi­cial fla­vors or added col­ors or preser­v­a­tives. Another sig­nif­i­cant change to the recipe has been the removal of sodium phos­phates which was used to keep the chicken moist. This has been replaced with veg­etable starch.

McDonald’s new grilled chicken sand­wich recipe has been intro­duced in response to con­sumer demands for sim­ple ingre­di­ents, the com­pany said. By remov­ing arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents con­sumers are not famil­iar with, the com­pany is mak­ing an effort to sim­plify their recipes and respond to increas­ing demands for nat­ural foods.

Sales at McDonald’s out­lets in the US have been in decline for the past two years, sug­gest­ing that American con­sumers may be turn­ing away from fast food to health­ier options. The Subway chain of sub­ma­rine sand­wiches also intro­duced a revamped grilled chicken sand­wich ear­lier this year which con­tains no arti­fi­cial fla­vors or preser­v­a­tives.

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