The iconic McDonald's Happy Meal is getting a makeover in Canada. The traditional burger, fries, drink and a toy will now come with yogurt and the choice of either mini-sized fries or apple slices. Will this improve the fast food giant's image?
Multi-national corporations in the fast food industry have received negative publicity over the years. This year alone, studies and reports highlight that there is a link between depression and fast food, salt in their food in certain countries is higher than in others and one visit to a franchise actually exceeds our recommended daily sodium intake.
In order to address these concerns, McDonald’s has made some changes to the world famous Happy Meal. If you’re a patron at any McDonald’s in Canada, you can now expect to see healthier options, according to a press release.
A Happy Meal will automatically include a Danino strawberry yogurt, the choice of either apple slices or mini-sized French fries, the choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger, Chicken McNuggets or a Chicken Snack Wrap and any beverage of your choice, including white or chocolate milk.
“We’ve worked diligently to offer more variety in our Happy Meal so that the things kids love are also the things that parents can feel good about,” said John Betts, President and CEO of McDonald’s Canada, in the media release. “By offering more balanced choices to choose from, we’re supporting parents in encouraging their children to enjoy foods that are good for them.”
With this new standard Happy Meal being introduced across the country, what are the calorie, sodium and fat content? Using the official McDonald’s Nutrition Calculator, let’s find out the exact totals of an average Happy Meal.
Hamburger: 250 calories | 510 (mg) sodium | eight (g) fat
Apple slices: 100 calories | 40 (mg) sodium | one (g) fat
Danino Strawberry Yogurt: 50 calories | 35 (mg) sodium | one (g) fat
Chocolate milk (250 ml/one percent): 160 calories | 200 (mg) sodium) | 2.5 (g) fat
Total: 560 calories | 785 (mg) sodium | 12.5 (g) fat
Children between the ages of two and eight should have a maximum daily intake of 1,800 calories, 1,200 (mg) of sodium and 40 (g) of fat, according to LiveStrong.com.
“Parents want the very best for their kids and so do we,” said John Betts, President and CEO of McDonald’s Canada, in the media release. “Our continued focus is on building strong beverage credentials and on gaining a greater share of the very sizeable Canadian beverage market.”