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How McDonald’s Happy Meals Are Changing

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McDonald’s Happy Meals are becoming a bit healthier.

Starting in November, these made-for-kids meals will include organic apple juice, replacing traditional juice that also contains more sugar.

The new juice is made by Honest Kids, part of Honest Tea, an organic beverage company purchased by Coca-Cola in 2011. Coca-Cola also owns Minute Maid, which currently supplies the apple juice boxes for Happy Meals.

“This is part of a commitment by McDonald’s to raise the bar on our food,” spokeswoman Becca Hary said. “We are committed to continuing our food journey for the benefit of our guests.”

Young customers also can opt for a container of 1% fat milk or fat-free chocolate milk.

A 6-ounce box of Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After — yes, that play on words is what it is called — contains 35 calories and 8 grams of sugar. A Minute Maid apple juice box the same size has 80 calories and 19 grams of sugar, according to their respective websites. Both types are made from concentrate.

“We couldn’t be happier!,” Honest Tea brand co-founder Seth Goldman wrote on the brand’s website. “We hoped one day we would find a way to make these drinks available not just in natural food stores (though we love those stores!), but to all Americans at an affordable price.”

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