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McDonald's New Happy Meal Will Offer Fruit + Less Fries, But Still Includes a Toy
Do you want apples with that? http://online.wsj.com/article/.....21802.html
McDonald's plans to include a smaller portion of fries in their Happy Meals to make room for fruit. Fries will go from 2.4 ounces to 1.1 ounces, and a quarter-cup of apples will be added. It could be carrots, raisins, pineapple slices or mandarin oranges instead (based on time of year and region of the country). But the toy will still be included, and consumer advocates say the chain still isn't doing enough.
As the world's largest and most profitable restaurant chain by sales, McDonald's has faced the most intense scrutiny among fast food chains, targeted by Congress, local governments and the private sector alike, for both the nutritional quality of its food and its marketing to children.
Happy Meal Comparison
A study last year by the Rudd Center for Food Policy at Yale University found that not one of the Happy Meal's possible food combinations met the standards for good nutrition for children under age 12, with the highest-calorie option adding up to 700 calories.
Now, instead of offering children the choice of apples or fries, as McDonald's had experimented with in the past, all Happy Meals will automatically include both.
Comparing the nutritional values of current and future Happy Meals containing four chicken nuggets and a child-sized cup of Coca-Cola:
Happy Meal with 2.4. oz. fries
* Calories: 520
* Total Fat: 23g (35%)*
* Sodium: 570mg (24%)
* Total Carbohydrates: 69g (23%)
* Vitamin C: 10%
Happy Meal with apple slices and 1.1 oz. fries
* Calories: 410
* Total Fat: 17g (26%)
* Sodium: 440mg (18%)
* Total Carbohydrates: 58g (19%)
* Vitamin C: 160%
* Percent of daily value for 2,000-calorie diet
Press release http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/.....oices.html