McDonald’s pushes for healthier Happy Meals

McDonald’s is making an effort to improve the nutritional rating of its iconic Happy Meals at its 14,000 stores in the US. The chain has announced that it has removed artificial preservatives from its low-fat strawberry yoghurt and has added a water bottle as a beverage option. The changes were hinted at in February, with the company announcing an overhaul of its children’s menu.

“We recognize the opportunity that we have to support families as one of the most visited restaurants in the world, and remain committed to elevating our food, celebrating the joy of reading, and helping those in need through Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's president and CEO. "Given our scale and reach, we hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better McDonald's."

The changes including making the cheeseburger a request-only item, reducing the serving of fries, cutting down sodium levels in the chicken nuggets and reformulating the chocolate milk.