(Healthy?) Changes in McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonalds Restaurants are now jumping on the healthy food bandwagon by putting apple slices in their Happy Meals and cutting down on the portion sizes of the French fries. Apple slices with caramel dip were offered as a substitute for French fries. Now when a parent orders a Happy Meal they are getting the apple slices with caramel dip. This change is to take place this fall.

This change is coming about because health officials are scrutinizing fast food restaurants for their unhealthy choices in children’s meals at fast food restaurants. These critics are saying that unhealthy children’s meals are contributing to heath related problems and childhood obesity. There are some fast food restaurants that are banning toys from being offered with a children’s meal.

Critics are saying that McDonald’s is trying to get a head start on regulations that are pending which will restrict the marketing of junk food to children. These same pending regulations will require restaurants to put nutrition information on their menus plus other changes. The senior director of nutrition at McDonald’s says that they new direction that the restaurant is taking is not related to the new regulations.

McDonald’s states that even though customers knew they had the choice between French fries and apple slices with caramel dip only eleven percent choose the healthy choice. The restaurant feels that offering a half portion of fries and a half portion of apple slices will probably change the customer’s eating habits than just offering the apples as a substitution option.

Happy Meal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In most countries, McDonald’s introduced a “healthy option” to the Happy Meal– children have always been able to choose milk with their Happy Meal and the 

 

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