McDonald’s Scraps Cheeseburger From Happy Meals in Effort to Appeal to Health-Conscious Parents

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.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

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.

STU: Uh-huh.

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.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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