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McDonald's rolls out healthier Happy Meal this week

Posted January 17, 2012

Your kids' McDonald's Happy Meals are about to look a little different.

Local McDonald's will begin offering a reformulated Happy Meal starting Wednesday. The new meal will include both apple slices and a smaller size container of French fries, along with a choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or chicken nuggets. Beverage choices include new fat free chocolate milk or 1 percent low fat white milk. For customers who don't want fries, they can ask for two bags of apple slices.

McDonald's began rolling out this healthier Happy Meal this summer. The changes represent an estimated 20 percent reduction in calories of the most popular Happy Meals and also cut the fat, according to McDonald's. McDonald's also is looking to expand on its side offerings, possibly eventually including other produce or low-fat dairy options, according to this McDonald's report.

Later this year, McDonald's also will begin promoting nutrition and active lifestyles in all of its marketing to kids, including merchandising, advertising and Happy Meal packaging.

As most of you know, McDonald's has gotten a lot of flack in recent years from health advocates and some parents for its quality of food. For a broader look at the debate, check this New York Times article, written when McDonald's announced the new Happy Meal.

According to the New York Times article, the new Happy Meal with chicken nuggets and 1 percent milk will equal 410 calories and 19 grams of fat, compared to the old version, which had 520 calories and 26 grams of fat.

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  • Schpartacus Jan 19, 2012

    Consumption of fat doesn't make people fat any more than eating brains makes people smart; people get fat because of the insulin resistance precipitated by eating too much carbohydrate.

  • dm919 Jan 19, 2012

    "Its still not real food. Anyone that feeds their kids this should be put in jail for child abuse. --TeenDAD"

    You probably beat your kids

  • JAT Jan 19, 2012

    but seriously, why is it McDonald's job to feed my child a healthier meal? i make the choice to go there and i know what my child likes to eat. i could make the choice to cook at home or go elsewhere but if i choose McDonalds, then I choose the food they cook and i'm happy with it.

  • JAT Jan 19, 2012

    dang, that just means i can't nibble from the fries before i get home. now if i nibble, it'll be obvious!

  • tnjed Jan 19, 2012

    LOL @ people who think Sicky D's is even food. It belongs in outer space beside Tang and other products made in a lab. Question of the day, what's the half life of Sicky D's french fries? Ewwwww....

  • thought_criminal Jan 18, 2012

    I'm all for my kids eating healthy, but I'm the parent and I decide what they eat. An extra order of fries this weekend it is.

    I'm sick of nanny-government and left-wing do-good groups pressuring private businesses into changing what they sell. It's none of their dang business what McDonalds sells.

    I'm disappointed in you McDonalds...don't listen to these totalitarians.

  • pmck Jan 18, 2012

    what a joke

  • sethorp Jan 18, 2012

    I am so excited about this! My daughter loves the french fries and I want her to eat the apples, so this is a happy compromise for those quick meals on busy nights!!!

  • TeenDAD Jan 18, 2012

    Its still not real food. Anyone that feeds their kids this should be put in jail for child abuse.

  • floomamia Jan 18, 2012

    Saw a report that in San Francisco where they were forced to use healthier options or not give a toy... Happy Meal sales fell and the number of kids ordering adult size meals without the toy went up. So the kids are getting more fat and calories not less. Good job people. It should be the parents decision.