Hold the fries, pass the salad. McDonald's on Thursday said it would offer healthy options as part of its popular value meals, letting customers choose a side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of french fries.
The announcement by the world's largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic.
For its children's Happy Meals, the company said it would promote water, juice and low-fat milk as the drink choices on its menus and in-store promotions. Customers would still be able to buy soda though.
McDonald's, which often bears the brunt of criticism over the restaurant industry's penchant for tempting diners with indulgent and often high-calorie food, said it would offer the option in all of its 20 major global markets by 2020.