It said orders for fizzy drinks had fallen by 14% since they were removed from the Happy Meal menu four years ago.
The fast-food giant says by June all of the options on the Happy Meal menu will have less than 600 calories and meet new nutrition criteria for added sugar and saturated fat.
Listing only the following meal choices: Hamburger, 4-piece and 6-piece Chicken McNuggets.
Bottled water will be added as an option to the Happy Meal menu, but will cost extra.
Others see the change not making as big of an impact as McDonald's thinks it will. Experts say that despite the changes, parents shouldn't be making fast-food a regular part of children's diets. Presently it is packaged in a smaller size, but going forward this will change to a smaller kiddie size. For starters, McDonald's is cutting the cheeseburger from their kids' menu unless a customer specifically requests it.
- Chocolate milk will be taken off the Happy Meal menu temporarily.
More fruit and veg on McDonald's menus
A McDonald's United Kingdom spokesperson to the Sun Online: "We take our responsibility to families very seriously and in the United Kingdom we have, for a long time, been committed to evolving our Happy Meal menu to keep in step with what parents want".
In addition to their new Happy Meals, McDonald's is aiming to decrease the total amount of calories from saturated fat and added sugar by 10 percent. Families with kids tend to choose McDonald's over rivals, elevating the importance of appealing to consumers who want their kids to eat healthier.
The change from McDonald's concerning its Cheeseburger Happy Meals it being made to meet new health standards. And chocolate milk won't be shown on the Happy Meal menu. Other options available instead of fizzy drinks and fries include apple slices, juice, vegetables and water bottles. "Today's announcement represents meaningful progress".
More people are attempting to lead healthier lifestyles and it seems that McDonald's is following the trend.
Two years later, the company stopped marketing and promoting soda as a beverage option for Happy Meals.
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