McDonald’s has always been reliable if you’re looking for something fast to feed the family, but those Golden Arches haven’t exactly been synonymous with a healthy meal. The company is looking to change that and it’s starting with the kids menu. McDonald’s wants to make healthier Happy Meals, but will kids—or their parents—bite?

By 2022, McDonald’s plans to rework its Happy Meal menu across the globe by focusing on healthier selections and minimizing calories and sodium. They hope to be the first major food chain to try to increase kids intake of fruits and vegetables. The first step in this transformation to healthier fast food is by cutting out cheeseburgers and chocolate milk to meet their new nutritional standards. While customers can still order those items they won’t be listed on the menu in an effort to minimize the amount that are ordered.

The nutritional guide that McDonald’s plans to adopt for 50% or more of its Happy Meal offerings will include a maximum of 600 calories, with only 10 percent from saturated fat, and 650 mg of sodium per meal. Hamburgers and Chicken McNuggets will remain as the main dishes for the meals targeted to kids. The fries will also be downsized to kids fries served with the 6-Piece McNugget Meal instead of small and water will be listed as a drink option, although it will still cost extra.

“Given our scale and reach, we hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better McDonald’s,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO.


Will these changes make you more likely to eat at McDonald’s? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin


Featured photo: Hilda Solis via flickr


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