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.

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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.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.