McDonalds to Change Happy Meal Options

McDonald's Happy Meal

McDonald's has fresh goals to improve the food it markets to kids, an effort that appears lofty to some and lame to others.

NPR shares the details on what the Golden Arches has up its sleeve.

Happy Meals in Canada come with yogurt, and parents have the choice of including apple slices, Grachnik added.

One immediate change that came from the partnership was removing soda from the Happy Meal section of the store's menu boards that same year. But they aren't exactly going to turn unhealthy kids healthy. "I see it as a treat and I don't mind getting my kids french fries or the cheeseburgers". The Cheeseburger will only be available at a customer's request. The menu will also be 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria, the company said.

Here are the current Happy Meal options in the UK.

It said orders for fizzy drinks had fallen by 14% since they were removed from the Happy Meal menu four years ago. There will be new standards put in place for the nutrition requirements of the meals.

McDonald's said by June all its Happy Meals in the USA would contain 600 calories or less - around 2500kj.

“Since heart disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, the Happy Meal reformulations could benefit the risk of heart disease globally, ” said Kris-Etherton, past chair of the AHAs nutrition committee. McDonald's 2016 took artificial preservatives out of Chicken McNuggets, which have no artificial flavors or colors.

McDonald's is overhauling the Happy Meal with the goal of giving kids more nutritious options.

McDonald's announced in January it plans to bring back its Archburger, which is made with fresh beef, according to the Deseret News. Some kids skipping soda for dinner is better than no kids.

Others were also pleased.

"It doesn't matter how you dress it up", Alexa Kaczmarski of Corporate Accountability, a watchdog group, told NPR.

"This is more of the same".

Fast food chains are a big money-maker in the U.S., with a recent study revealing that 80 per cent of American adults eat fast food at least once a week. "The cheeseburger will only be available at a customer's request", it stated. "Marketing to kids is manipulative and misleading, period".

So just how do you make a burger-and-fries classic healthy?

Howell Wechsler, the CEO of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, said, "We think McDonald's is raising the bar".

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