It looks like McDonald’s will be making improvements (or lack thereof, to some diehard Happy Meal fans) by eliminating cheeseburgers completely from their Happy Meal menus by the year 2022. Despite cheeseburgers being eliminated as an option on the menu, parents can still ask for them. The main options on the menu will be hamburgers and four/six-piece Chicken McNuggets. The french fry sizes will also be decreased.
In addition to these nutritional changes, bottled water will be added to the menu and the chocolate milk will come with less sugar. The company also plans to serve more fruit, vegetables, and grains overall.
This story was originally reported at the beginning of 2018, but since then, the chain has not delivered empty promises by any means. The company continues to advocate for healthier and more nutritional food options in their stores. By June of 2018, all Happy Meals consisted of 600 fewer calories.
McDonald’s has stated that the calorie count has decreased overall by 20% and that by 2022, all locations across the globe will also be meeting this nutritional goal.
The American Heart Association has commented on McDonald’s nutritional shift as an “important step in the right direction”. The association has also urged other fast food chains to follow McDonald’s example and make the shift towards more nutritional food items.
According to The American Heart Association, 40% of children eat fast food every single day, which can cause long-term health issues such as increased risk for heart disease or stroke. McDonald’s has been playing around with their Happy Meals for the last several years, trying to figure out the best way to responsibly market their food to the younger generation.
Furthermore, McDonald’s added apple slices to their Happy Meals in 2011 and soda was pulled from the menus in 2013 in an effort to boost nutritional value. Just last year, the chain replaced their apple juice with a different brand of juice that had a lower sugar count. Internationally, Italy rolled out a grilled chicken sandwich and locations in Australia and France are playing around with some vegetable options.
Ernest Baskin, a professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University, supports the chain’s nutritional shift and believes it will bring in more business. “Kids do crave McDonald’s, but parents might not always feel good about bringing them there… By positioning their meals as healthier, McDonald’s is likely attempting to make the decision easier for the parents,” he says.
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Connie Quintana says
If you want to eat healthy DO NOT eat at McDonalds.
Jermaine Mintuck says
Why god WHY!!???!!
How about a low fat cheese and a wheat bun.
Why are children being served fast food every day? Used to be a once a week, pick a place and that was it except for maybe an ice cream. The salt content alone keeps me away most times. Guess I’ll start getting the kid’s meal with a sundae. As long as they don’t switch to those awful wheat buns, yuck!
It is each individual Parent’s Choice where they stop and buy their child a hamburger why should everybody else be punished that I would like a hamburger. If my child wants a hamburger I’m going to get my child a hamburger. It’s not like we eat them everyday. 1 grit should not dictate to another group. Plus McDonald’s gives choices so why take a hamburger off the menu. Up
No one wants to eat low-fat wheat buns. Why do you think your child would enjoy something like that? If you vote for him as a treat every now and then what is wrong with it? Maybe the parents problems are with their selves? Put your own self on that crappy diet instead of your child! Let your child have a little fun in life! One cheeseburger once in awhile never anyone. I usually get lettuce tomato mayonnaise on my cheeseburger grade my daughter loves it that way. It seems like people have nothing better to do. If you don’t want your child to have it then don’t stop at McDonald’s.