July 28 2011
The Golden Arches recently announced that its Happy Meals will be getting a little healthier. Their nutrition expert explains the rationale and how the fast food chain is hoping a little bit of healthy eating can be the start of a larger change.
The McDonald's Happy Meal has long been vilified by parents, health proponents, and anyone else who cringes at the thought of a child associating toys with high calorie, fat-filled meals. Now the fast food chain is giving in to its critics with a new, slimmed down Happy Meal that contains an average of 20% fewer calories and less fat--but keeps the toy. We spoke to Cindy Goody, senior director of nutrition for McDonald's USA, about whether these changes are meaningful, or just window dressing for a still unhealthy option for kids.