In a bid to appear marginally less terrible for you, McDonald's has announced that it will be adding a serving of fruit or vegetables to Happy Meals, and will cut the amount of french fries from 2.4 ounces to 1.1. The chain originally planned to cut fries from the kids' meal entirely but naturally, customers demanded their return. "When we did it without fries, there was a huge disappointment factor," said the president of the company.
Overall, the meals will represent a twenty-percent decrease in calories, a nod to increasing scrutiny on the company as a factor in America's obesity epidemic. "We know we're a leader and we know we need to be part of the solution," said a McDonald's spokesperson. "But we can't be looked at as providing the only solution."
Many nutritionists are applauding the decision, but one restaurant consultant put it bluntly: "I think you're going to get a good reaction from kids who like apples. But ultimately I think we're going to see a good bit of apples wasted from kids who just refuse to eat them."
He may be right — after all, fries are generally way more delicious than fruit — but still, it seems like a small step in the right direction.