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: 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: 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: 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.
Headlines Newsview all
Following the to and fro between the pair, a new tattoo has surfaced which gives a new dimension to what really may have panned out ... Full story
Chief Executive Officer of the Kwarleyz Group of Companies, Nana Kwame Bediako, has been awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) for “Entrepreneurial Excellence in ...
The Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry’s Christ to the Rural World (CEM/CRW) is organizing “A Day of Help for Persons with Disability” on Saturday, August 27 at ...
President John Dramani Mahama shocked the nation on Monday by ordering an early release of the three men convicted for scandalising the Supreme Court. Before this decree was announced, opposition ...
The 2016 edition of the Joy FM’s Back to School bonanza has opened at the Prudence Event Center near Ghana International Trade Fair Center in Accra. The ...
A contempt case brought against the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Commandant and Commander of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) will be heard on September ...
Consumers have been denied service at various offices of the Electricity of Company of Ghana (ECG) as the strike declared by workers of the company enters its third day. The ...
Men of the Ghana Armed Forces have stopped a demonstration by over 100 Ghanaian workers of the Ghana Gas Company Limited plant at Atuabo in ...
A Turkish family poisoned themselves and more than 20 guests at a dinner party they threw to celebrate recovering from food poisoning. Wife and mother Asiye Erdal served an animal ...
The three persons who were jailed for four months following death threats on judges have walked out of jail into the arms teaming crowds of ...
OBINIM FREED ON GH¢2M BAIL; SUPPORTERS OVERJOYED The embattle founder and leader of International God’s Way church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, has finally been granted a police ...