Is it Healthier? Changes to the McDonald’s Menu
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Still think Super Size Me had no effect on McDonald’s?
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This is the serving menu from McDonald’s in the year 2002. After extensively studying the menu, there are a few items of note that should be considered:
- Combo sizes include: MEDIUM, LARGE or SUPER SIZE
- There are only 3 salad choices
- Breakfast includes: BACON, EGG, CHEESE, SAUSAGE COMBOS, PANCAKES, HASH-BROWNS and BURRITOS
- Happy Meals do NOT offer a choice of sides
- Nutritional information is NOT included
Compare this to the current menu options:
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This is the serving menu from McDonald’s in the year 2013. After extensively studying the menu, there are a few items of note that compared to 2002 should be considered:
- Combo sizes include: SMALL, MEDIUM, or LARGE
- There is NO Super Size
- OATMEAL WITH FRUIT AND WALNUTS added to breakfast
- Happy Meals offer a choice of sides such as: FRIES, APPLE SLICES, MILK, CHOCOLATE MILK and APPLE JUICE
- Nutritional information is included for ALL menu items
- There is an UNDER 400 CALORIES section
- There is an addition of WRAPS and GRILLED SANDWICHES
It is clear that McDonald’s made an effort to incorporate healthier foods to the menu, but it doesn’t mean that exclusively eating McDonald’s food would lead to a healthy lifestyle even now. If Morgan Spurlock filmed the movie again today with the same rules—consuming every item on the menu at least once —there would be a “healthier” outcome, but his health would still deteriorate in some fashion.
Although they have incorporated healthier alternatives on the menu, the fact of the matter is that McDonald’s has done little to remove or change the fatty foods that existed ten years ago. We are however, more aware of what we are consuming.
by: Kevin Mallory and Kailee Moore