Many apologies for the lack of updates! Both of our personal lives have been quite crazy lately, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t new food news!
Michele will be blogging about gluten-free labeling laws and the Salmonella tainted-ground turkey incidents in the near future, so please be looking out for those!
I was going to write about McDonald’s (and other fast food chains) decisions to make “healthier” happy meals. In case you haven’t heard, McDonald’s recently declared that each happy meal will now come with 1/4 cup of apple slices, 1 ounce less fries, the option of low-fat milk (or soda) and the same hamburger/cheeseburger/mc nuggets entree.
1. 1/4 cup of apple slices is realistically probably just 2-3 small slices. That’s really not much. And, the default drink is still soda, not milk.
2. I think Michele Simon said it best: “McDonald’s ultimate goal is to make as little change as possible to get media attention (and praise from the likes of the first lady), while distracting policymakers from doing its job setting the boundaries of corporate behavior.”
3. Bellatti also reminds us that it’s easy to get caught up in reduction of bad things — like less trans fat or salt, for example — but forget the importance of eating good things like fiber, potassium, etc.
What are your thoughts on McDonald’s new happy meal? Should we support the small changes, in the hopes that will encourage larger changes in the future?