October 12, 2012

News Story

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McDonald's posting nutrition facts on menu

McDonald’s, one of the largest fast food chains in the United States, will now be posting the amount of calories that menu items contain, both on the dining room menus, and on drive-thru windows.  McDonald’s leadership made these significant changes in order to aid customers in choosing a nutritional diet, according to Jan Fields, President of McDonald’s USA.

Customers will now be able to recognize the amount of calories in the food they order, such as the:

  • Cheeseburger (300 calories)
  • McChicken (360 calories)
  • 10-piece Chicken NcNuggets (470 calories)
  • Large Hot Chocolate (460 calories)

“At McDonald’s, we recognize costumers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,” said Fields. “As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees.”  

As another first for the McDonald’s corporation, it issued a nutrition progress report, introducing new additions to the existing menu that will include the food groups being encouraged by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the United States Department of Agriculture.  

“McDonald’s initiatives to provide Apple Slices and a fat-free milk option in the Happy Meals are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, as is the goal to reduce sodium, added sugars, and saturated fats in foods,” said Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RD, LD/N, FADA, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Brooks College of Health.

“I see that a lot of the moms are looking at it,” said Glenn Kikuchi, owner of 10 McDonald’s restaurants in Maryland, “but also, curiously enough, the teenagers are looking at it, too.”

Some of the more coastal regions, such as California and Vermont, will not be able to recognize these changes, because laws have already required restaurants to post the nutritional facts of menu items.  Panera and Au Bon Pain have done this of its own accord, and studies have shown the impact on customers’ choices when eating out.  “We think it’s an important ingredient in respecting our customers and treating them as intelligent people who can make smart choices for themselves.”