As per a report in Mint, Mc Donalds is relooking at the nutrition content of its food offer. In line with this, the fast food chain has said that it will offer healthy options as part of its popular value meals, letting customers choose a side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of French fries. As part of its announcement McDonald’s has also promised to promote only water, milk and juice as the beverages in its popular ‘Happy Meals’ for children.
In recent years, the US food industry has begun yielding to pressure from government, parents and consumers seeking to slim down adults and children. Sugary sodas have been taken out of public schools; sugar, sodium and calorie levels have been reduced in products, and calorie counts have been posted on some restaurant menus.
About one year ago, McDonald’s said it would begin listing calorie information on menus in some 14,000 US restaurants —ahead of a national rule that would require larger restaurant chains to make such disclosures. Earlier, in July 2011, it tweaked its popular Happy Meals for children—reducing the French fries portion by more than half and adding apples to every order.
McDonald’s said its announcement is part of a plan developed with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was founded by the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed eating and lifestyle choices.