Faced with pressure to offer healthier options coupled with flat sales, McDonald’s plans to revamp its menu in the vast majority of its fast-food restaurants, reported The New York Times.
The chain said that it plans to offer more than just burgers and fries and provide foods lower in fat, salt and sugar, reported The New York Times.
McDonald’s outlined the changes:
- Value meals will offer a side salad and fruit or vegetable instead of fries.
- McDonald’s will advertise healthier alternatives to soda, such as juice, low-fat milk and water, for its Happy Meals.
"People can't make healthy choices for their kids if healthy choices aren't available," said Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, told The Wall Street Journal. "No government agency or non-profit has the marketing capacity that McDonald's has to make fruits and vegetables an exciting experience for young people."
McDonald’s announcement comes days after Burger King announced that it will soon offer new crinkle-cut French fries that will have about 20% fewer calories compared to regular fries.
Associated Press reported that McDonald’s will begin rolling out the changes next year in the U.S.
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