McDonald's Adopts Leaner Menu, But Is It Enough? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/15/04

McDonald's Adopts Leaner Menu, But Is It Enough?

On Thursday, McDonald's jumped on the healthy living bandwagon, joining so many other fast food giants by adopting a leaner menu for those who want it. True to the golden arches, McDonald's is now offering a happy meal for mom and dad which includes a salad, bottled water, and a prize.

And you may or may not want to prepare your kids for another change coming this summer. Mickey-D's will offer apples instead of fries in kids' meals. McDonald's is responding to government pleas to cut the fat.

The problem: 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese, but is the fast food industry doing enough? Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest says no.

"If McDonald's really wanted to make some permanent changes, it ought to use leaner meat, lower fat cheese, less salt, and get rid of that partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening that they fry all their food in," he says.

The food industry has argued repeatedly that they are trying to offer healthy options, but in the case of McDonalds, they can't make the buyer eat the healthy happy meal.

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