CHICAGO – The world’s largest fast-food restaurant knows that today’s consumers are more health-conscious than ever before, so McDonald’s has eliminated artificial additives from its most popular burgers. The hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac no longer include artificial preservatives, flavors or coloring, the chain announced.
According to CNN, the change applies to every part of the sandwich, from the bun and cheese to the special sauce. The chain, which has a total of 35,000 units across 119 countries, said it has removed the artificial preservative calcium propionate from its buns and ditched the preservative sorbic acid from its American cheese.
In addition, the Big Mac Special Sauce is getting a makeover that will remove artificial preservatives, including potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and calcium disodium EDTA, but without “sacrificing that signature taste.”
The one thing that isn’t changing is the pickle, which still contains an artificial preservative.
Many competitors to McDonald’s, including Taco Bell, Subway and Panera Bread, also have moved to eliminate artificial ingredients from their menu offerings. Two years ago, McDonald’s axed artificial preservatives in McNuggets and purged high-fructose corn syrup from its buns.