McDonald’s to make healthier Happy Meals

Mayor McCheese just flip-flopped on one of his core policies.

McDonald’s announced Thursday that it will no longer include cheeseburgers with a standard Happy Meal — as part of an effort to help kids battle the bulge.

The fast-food giant will instead offer plain hamburgers or Chicken McNuggets on its kiddie menu, along with smaller portions of French fries.

McDonald’s will also stop serving chocolate milk in the meals until a less sugary version is developed, and instead offer bottled water for the first time in Happy Meal history.

The restaurant chain hopes the changes will slice 20 percent of the calories from the Happy Meal and help the Golden Arches shake its rep among some parents as a greasy fast-food joint.

“I give the company credit for recognizing that it has a healthfulness problem that goes beyond image, and trying to do something about it, even if it still has a long way to go,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

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