Good news, fast-food lovers (no shame in your game — chicken nuggets are forever bae). McDonald’s isn’t exactly known for its health food, but they have been making some admirable changes in the past few years, like revamping their Happy Meals to be more nutritious and unveiling a “healthier” apple pie.
Their latest venture? They’ve removed all artificial ingredients from their classic burgers. This includes long-time faves like plain burgers, cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, Quarter Pounders with cheese and, of course, the legendary Double Quarter Pounder with cheese.
Apparently, the one ingredient in those burgers that remains tinged with artifice is the dill pickle. It was just too hard for the chain to keep that signature pickle flavor without keeping some of the ingredients, so if you want your burger completely au naturel, you’ll have to ask for it sans pickle.
As for the other ingredients? There’s no longer potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate or calcium disodium EDTA in the Special Sauce, calcium propionate is gone from the buns, and the American cheese no longer contains sorbic acid (great news — we’ll get triple cheese on everything, thanks!).
With the change, this means that almost two-thirds of the chain’s menu is free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. They’d been working on the change for more than a year. In the meantime, other menu items — like breakfast sandwiches, Filet-O-Fish and some of the Signature Crafted menu items do still contain artificial ingredients. The brand didn’t say if or when they plan to reformulate those items.
For now, we’re just content knowing that the next time we have an insatiable craving for a double cheeseburger, it won’t come at the cost of filling our bodies with mysterious artificial ingredients.