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By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:25 EST, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:58 EST, 29 March 2013

The director of nutrition for McDonald's is insisting that the menu offered at the fast food chain is healthy.

Speaking about the launch of the new McWrap, Dr Cindy Goody said healthy eating is a top priority at the franchise

McDonald's Corp. has been stepping up the pace of its new menu offerings as it struggles to grow sales in the challenging economy. Last year, the company ousted the head of its U.S. division after a monthly sales figure fell for the first time in nearly a decade.

Lovin' it

Lovin' it: In their quest for a more nutritious menu, the fast food joint is offering the McWrap, a new sandwich in three varieties: Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken & Ranch

Dr Goody has worked for the Golden Arches since 2008.

Her job is to evaluate the nutritional information of the items on the menu and to consult on healthier options to include.

In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune this week, when asked point blank if food at McDonald's was healthy, she responded with a confident 'I do.'

'It is possible to eat from the recommended USDA My Plate food groups when visiting McDonald’s. It’s about choice. It’s about customization. It’s about looking at the calories on the menu board.'

Nutrition

Nutrition: McDonald's USA Senior Director of Nutrition Cindy Goody (speaking in Sept. 2012) is charged with overseeing the nutrition of the chain's menu

The hamburger chain has Dr Goody traveling the country to promote its new found commitment to nutritional food, the inspiration for its new wrap.

Healthier

Healthier: Two of the new McWraps will come with cucumbers, which the company says will mark the first time the vegetable will be part of its core menu

The new sandwich will come in three varieties – Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken & Ranch.

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based chain says the McWraps use the same type of flour tortillas and chicken as its snack wraps, which were introduced in 2006.

But two of the new McWraps will come with cucumbers, which the company says will mark the first time the vegetable will be part of its core menu. The wraps range from 360 to 600 calories, depending on whether people pick grilled or deep-fried chicken.

Dr Goody highlighted past wins in the nutrition race like smaller sized fries in Happy Meals for kids, reducing calories from 230 to 100, and adding apples to the children's meal.

For the adults healthier alternatives like yogurt parfait, salads and oatmeal have been added.

She revealed that the restaurant will be offering a new breakfast sandwich in April, the Egg White Delight, that is made with 100 per cent egg whites and has 250 calories compared to the Egg McMuffin's 300 calories.

Star power: Reality TV stars Khloe Kardashian (left) and Brandi Glanville (right) were among the celebs who came out for the McDonald's Premium McWrap Launch Party in Hollywood on Thursday night

They are also looking to incorporate carrots into their menu for kids.

Though she is on the lookout for helping make the brand more health concious, she did concede that the company must first and foremost respond to consumer demand. 

'Other parts of the world have transitioned or offered a whole grain Big Mac bun for their customers because that’s what their customers were asking for. [U.S] customers are not asking for their Big Mac to be on a whole grain bun,' she said.

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