McDonald’s Happy Meals to Get Healthier
Recently McDonald’s announced that its Happy Meals were getting a healthy makeover. The new “trimmed” version would feature fewer fries, include apple slices and have the option for fat-free milk rather than soda and fruit juice.
I want to feel as if this is a move in the right direction (every little bit helps) but the skeptic in me thinks this is a marketing ploy fueled by consumers and the recent anti-obesity campaigns by Michelle Obama and other organizations. I’m intrigued to watch as this plays out in real-life.
Will this change the way children eat and make food choices? Will parents be duped by this marketing campaign? Will McDonald’s be the only one profiting from this campaign?
Sadly, I’m pretty sure I can answer all of the above.
One thing I know for certain, I will choose to continue to abstain from bringing my child to McDonald’s. And I do have a valid reason when I get down from my soapbox.
Before I get to that, I feel I should qualify that I grew up as a McDonald’s kid. I had birthday parties at McDonald’s. My working single mom would treat us to McDonald’s for dinner on busy nights. In high school I would pass by McDonald’s on my walk home and get a Big Mac and fries as a “snack.” My brother worked there. Even as recently as 5 years ago, my husband and I would grab a burger and fries on long rides home from skiing.
Then, I bought a Happy Meal as part of a nutrition workshop experiment. I kept the cheeseburger and fries in my car. For days. For months. Now, for years. It has been in my car in the heat of the summer, cold of the winter and all times in between. And, you know what, not one little bit of mold ever grew on it. Burger – none. Bun – none. Cheese – still intact. Pickle – a little shriveled but no mold.
This November will be its 4th birthday and this is why I don’t eat McDonald’s anymore: