What’s going on?
McDonald’s is trimming some of the fat (literally) from its kids’ menu in an effort to appeal to health-conscious parents.
How will the menu change?
Cheeseburgers and chocolate milk will be technically taken off the Happy Meal menu, but parents can still request them as part of a kid’s meal.
The company says that not listing a cheeseburger as an option will mean that kids order it less.
McDonald’s is planning to bring back chocolate milk eventually after tweaking the recipe to have less sugar. Ironically enough, fat-free chocolate milk was introduced as a healthier option when McDonald’s previously revamped its Happy Meals.
But kids can still eat cheeseburgers, right?
Yes. On today’s show, Pat and Stu chatted about this story, with Stu pointing out that the company isn’t really removing cheeseburgers from the menu the way most headlines are claiming. Isn’t it common sense that any restaurant can usually add cheese to your hamburger if that’s what you want?
What will be the difference in the new Happy Meal?
The restaurant chain has announced these goals for every Happy Meal option:
- 600 calories at most
- Less than 650 milligrams of sodium
- Less than 10 percent of its calories coming from saturated fat
- Less than 10 percent of its calories to come from added sugar
Will taking it off the menu keep you from ordering it anyway? Let us know what you’ll do in the comment section below.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
PAT: I don’t know about you, Stu, but what when I’m thinking a healthy meal for the kids, the first place that comes to mind, McDonald’s.
STU: McDonald’s. That’s what I would think.
PAT: And let’s get them a quick Happy Meal, which will be super, super healthy.
PAT: And then we’ll go work out at the gym. Or maybe we’ll work out first. And then we’ll go get the Happy Meal.
STU: I usually combine them. I usually eat them on the treadmill.
PAT: That’s fine too.
STU: Big handful of fries on the treadmill for each step I take.
PAT: And because of this health conscious, McDonald’s mindset, I think of American people, they’re taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off their Happy Meal memory in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugar kids consume.
STU: I will say, this is one of those cases where you have to read past the headline. Because just like they were talking about the Tomi Lahren tweet, when I read this headline, I felt anger. I felt anger.
PAT: Oh, you did. Oh, no.
STU: I can’t believe McDonald’s is going down this stupid road.
PAT: I know.
STU: When you read the story, what you realize is, first of all, they’re keeping hamburgers on the menu. Okay?
PAT: They’re just taking the cheese off of it.
STU: Because now they have a hamburger and a cheeseburger Happy Meal. Now they just have a hamburger Happy Meal. The idea being that, of course, any human being knows that if there is a hamburger, there is also a cheeseburger, because the difference between a hamburger and cheeseburger, is just a slice of cheese, which we all know they have. So you can still order a cheeseburger, and what they will give you is a cheeseburger.
PAT: But wait. I thought they were taking the cheeseburger off the menu.
STU: They are. But you could still order it. They just aren’t telling you that it’s there. Why? Because they want everything to fall under these guidelines of the amount of calories.
PAT: So it’s not like they’re replacing the cheeseburgers and the Happy Meal with kale. Is that what you’re telling me? There’s no kale burger? There’s no new McKale at McDonald’s.
STU: You just have to ask for the cheese on it, instead of just being listed on the menu, as if we don’t know.
PAT: So stupid.
STU: We all know there’s a cheeseburger there, if there’s a hamburger there. All the times a hamburger is there, a cheeseburger is also there. All times. It’s always available at every place. This is not something that is a mystery to America.
PAT: Well, do I have to replace the fries with apple slices though?
STU: No. They do give you apple slices and fries. But they have — because —
PAT: Like three fries?
STU: You know this. Because whenever you want something healthy, you bring it to McDonald’s.
PAT: Yeah. You’re not telling me anything I don’t know.
STU: They have these little baby fries that have 12 fries in them. It’s not impressive. But it’s adorable.
PAT: It’s McDonald’s. Come on. Can you realize, you’re McDonald’s.