The Happy Meal is slimming down.
Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, McDonald’s Canada has introduced a revamped Happy Meal with half as many fries, less salt and a serving of yogurt.
The new Happy Meal will automatically include a Danino strawberry yogurt and the choice of apple slices or a 100-calorie mini-sized serving of French fries in addition to a beverage and a burger, chicken wrap or nuggets.
At 31 grams, the new mini-Fries are roughly half the size of the current small-size French fries.
The price has not changed.
The apple is a full serving of fruit and the yogurt is a source of calcium and vitamin D, according to the company.
Chicken McNuggets now have 5.6 per cent less sodium. The beverage selection includes 1% white or chocolate milk.
The company said the move is part of it’s commitment to provide customers – especially its younger customers – with more nutrition-minded menu options.
When the new Happy Meals were introduced in the U.S. last year, the company earned praise, and complaints that it didn’t go far enough.
Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and an outspoken critic of the food industry told the New York Times that the changes were a sham.
“They’re going to get huge publicity for this — an ounce less of French fries,” Dr. Nestle said. “I’m not impressed.”