Taking the happy out of Happy Meal?

McDonald's announced Thursday changes to their Happy Meal menu in order to make it more nutritious

McDonald's says there has been a 14 percent drop in the orders for soft drinks since they dropped them from the menu four years ago.

Starting this year in the U.S., cheeseburgers will no longer be listed as a Happy Meal choice, but will still be available upon request.

Although the cheeseburger is still available on the Happy Meal menu in the UK, a representative from McDonald's has assured The UK Independent that all Happy Meals in the UK are already 510 calories or less.

The McDonald's Happy Meal was a staple of our childhood and yes, occasionally, our adulthood, too but the much-loved fast food children's meal is about to undergo a huge change and people aren't happy about it.

And any parents who feel better about the kids' options at McDonald's might bring their families more often, leading to the potential consumption of even more fries, burgers and McNuggets than they were getting before the switch. Right now, the meal comes with an adult-size small fry, but they plan on creating a smaller version for kids. The company said that by June, its Happy Meal menu that's on display in USA locations will feature only combinations that have 600 calories or fewer. In 2011, they added apple slices to their kids' meals. Just like with the Cheeseburger, customers can still request chocolate milk with their Happy Meals.

"And not only can you choose these as a side whenever you buy a Happy Meal, you can also always add on a Fruit Bag to the meal for only 49p".

McDonald's said that it will also simplify Happy Meal ingredients by removing artificial flavors, added colors from artificial sources, and reducing artificial preservatives where feasible.

McDonald's removed soda from the Happy Meal menu in 2013.

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No more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.

McDonald's doesn't say how much revenue it makes from the $3 Happy Meal, but the company said 30 percent of all visits come from families.

The company will also add more fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein and water to its Happy meals. And chocolate milk won't be shown on the Happy Meal menu.

The influence of McDonald's menu changes can be wide.

Sky News reports that other changes in the menu are the replacement of chocolate milk by water and reduction of fries in the chicken McNugget Mighty Meals for older children.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think of McDonald's altering its Happy Meals to give kids healthier food options?

Every year Canadians come together to celebrate McHappy Day, which over many years has raised over $67 million for RMHC, Ronald McDonald Houses and local children's charities across the country.

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