Food News: McDonald’s Makes Changes to the Happy Meal

by in Dining Out, Food News, July 28, 2011
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McDonald's is giving kids apples with their fries. Think it'll make a difference?

Are McDonald’s Happy Meals getting healthier? The fast food chain is making changes to the items in its kids’ meal as part of a long-term menu evolution. The company hopes to improve nutrition choices and awareness—starting with the new Happy Meal.

Available in select restaurants in September, the new meal will include apple slices and a smaller size French fry (1.1 ounces). For kids willing to forgo the fries altogether, they can ask for two packages instead. Youngsters can still choose among chicken nuggets, a hamburger or a cheeseburger, but now beverage options ­­­include fat-free chocolate milk and 1 percent low fat white milk.

“By adding fruit in every Happy Meal, McDonald’s hopes to address a challenge children face in meeting the recommended daily consumption of produce,” according to the press release.

To learn more, read the full release.

What do you think? Should McDonald’s get applause for trying or can they do more than serving a packet of apples alongside processed fast food? What changes do you think chain restaurants and fast food eateries can help keep kids healthy?

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Comments (175)

  1. @dub3ra says:

    Seems like some parents think McDonald's is a smart breakfast, lunch, and dinner for there children… I think the menu's and changes might help, But ultimately its up to the parents to cut down on the fast foods.

  2. todd says:

    They should call this the Unhappy Meal because the health issues it will create will make anyone who consumed it unhappy. Why would anyone be happy about getting diabetes. French fries, cheeseburgers, fried chicken? Please. Any parent who falls for this nonsense should have their head examined

  3. rene says:

    Total calories, fat and salt still exceed good nutrition. Make some real real changes and then publicize how nutritious your kids meals are.

  4. kelly says:

    if I want to give my kids apples, we go to the orchard or buy some from the farmers market. not mcdonalds.

  5. hair care says:

    Apples are the best source of fiber, petersilie but fresh ones and the like.. this is especially when you have high level of cholesterol!

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