What’s going on?
McDonald’s is trimming some of the fat (literally) from its kids’ menu in an effort to appeal to health-conscious parents.
How will the menu change?
Cheeseburgers and chocolate milk will be technically taken off the Happy Meal menu, but parents can still request them as part of a kid’s meal.
The company says that not listing a cheeseburger as an option will mean that kids order it less.
McDonald’s is planning to bring back chocolate milk eventually after tweaking the recipe to have less sugar. Ironically enough, fat-free chocolate milk was introduced as a healthier option when McDonald’s previously revamped its Happy Meals.
But kids can still eat cheeseburgers, right?
Yes. On today’s show, Pat and Stu chatted about this story, with Stu pointing out that the company isn’t really removing cheeseburgers from the menu the way most headlines are claiming. Isn’t it common sense that any restaurant can usually add cheese to your hamburger if that’s what you want?
What will be the difference in the new Happy Meal?
The restaurant chain has announced these goals for every Happy Meal option:
- 600 calories at most
- Less than 650 milligrams of sodium
- Less than 10 percent of its calories coming from saturated fat
- Less than 10 percent of its calories to come from added sugar