In an attempt to make the food even more nutritious, McDonald’s has announced that starting with 2020 each Happy Meal will contain fewer calories and that smaller portions. The McDonald’s stock closed today at $159,9 with a $2,41 down.
Is McDonald’s Planning to Excluded Happy Meals from the Menu?
According to Julia Brown, the company’s head of global nutritious, the franchise will not be removing the kids-exclusive dish from the menu but rather take the necessary steps to ensure that each meal is not only tasty but nutritious as well.
As a result, by the end of 2020, the company vows to limit the dish’s calories to 600 mg in more than 50 percent of all Happy Meals. Caloric capping means that Happy Meals will contain approximately 10 percent of calories will be derived from saturated fat, 10 percent from sugar, and only 650 mg of sodium.
Furthermore, according to the head of global nutrition, there will also be changes in the line of food options, meaning that the cheeseburger will only be served on demand, French fries portion will be cut down, and less sugar will be used in soft drinks and chocolate milk.
However, a study conducted by Jennifer Harris of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, the changes planned by McDonald’s are based more on client preferences rather than food studies, meaning that the company is more interested in marketing the brand than promoting healthy and nutritious meals.
Moreover, the University of Connecticut researcher pointed out that despite McDonald’s broadening its meals pallet, the customers will still walk in diners ordering the same meal, especially if they bring the kids along.
Still, McDonald’s is prepared to cull a greater part of the menu by the end of 2020, which means attracting younger and younger customers.
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