McDonalds says it’s removing more black beans from its menu
McDonald’s has announced it’s pulling black beans off its menu, in a move that the company said was necessary due to the health concerns surrounding the food.
The announcement was made at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, where the company had announced a plan to gradually remove black bean products from the menu, starting with its French fries.
The move comes after a number of health organizations have raised concerns about the nutritional value of the beans, which have been linked to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
McDonald’s spokesman Michael Atherton told The Hill that the new plan will help “get the ball rolling” on a nationwide campaign to replace the black bean product with white beans and other alternatives, and he noted that the move is expected to take effect in the next six to nine months.
“We will continue to take actions to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality food at McDonalds, with the healthiest ingredients available,” he said.
“As we look to the future, we are taking the time to listen to the people, and the health experts, and to listen and understand what they are saying.”
In December, the American Heart Association said it was concerned about black bean consumption and that black beans may increase the risk of heart disease and other diseases.
The health groups said black beans were “probably the most common type of vegetable in the United States,” and added that they may contribute to “increased consumption of meat and other processed foods.”
The Food and Drug Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.