McDonald’s: We Need 4 Years to Make ‘Happy Meals’ Healthy

(HEADLINE HEALTH) The company that virtually invented fast food says they’re gonna need four more years before they can make a healthy ‘Happy Meal.’

Or possibly, that’s how long they think it will take to get kids who expected a burger and fries to accept apple slices and maybe a veggie burger instead.

Headline Health has a better way. Take the kiddos out for fast food once a month and let them have whatever they want. An occasional treat is not likely to hurt. It’s a steady diet of fast food that leads to obesity, high blood pressure, inflammation, etc.

Details below on why it apparently takes four year to make a healthier Happy Meal …

(South Florida Reporter | NPR) McDonald’s is making some changes to its Happy Meal that will make it a healthier option by 2022.

Burgers and chicken nuggets are still the mainstay of the Happy Meal. But on Thursday McDonald’s announced its goal to market more balanced kids meals around the globe.

The company says by the end of 2022, at least 50 percent or more of the kids meal options listed on menus will meet new global Happy Meal nutrition criteria:

  • Meals will have 600 calories or less; no more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat;
  • no more than 650 mg sodium;
  • and no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

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These goals build on the commitments McDonald’s has made to improve options for kids.

And, in many cases, these goals represent small tweaks.

For instance, to reduce sugar, McDonald’s locations in the U.S. have already switched to organic apple juice that is lower in sugar and calories.

Now, the company plans to reformulate chocolate milk to a lower-sugar version. In addition, they will downsize the size of the fries served with the six-piece Chicken McNugget Happy Meal.

Currently it comes with a standard small fry, but going forward this will change to a smaller kiddie size. Displayed with permission from South Florida Reporter via Repubhub.

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