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Food to Feel Good About

Kids need a variety of foods and nutrients every day to help them grow strong, play long, and learn better in school. We’re constantly looking at our menu to ensure we’re giving our customers (including our youngest guests) a selection of balanced choices.

Meet our Experts
Dr. Cynthia Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition
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Cindy Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition for McDonald’s USA, develops plans that align against McDonald’s U.S. food and nutrition strategy, provides nutritional science expertise, and oversees McDonald’s nutritional information development and communication processes.

Prior to joining McDonald’s USA, Goody served as a retail and clinical dietitian for HY-VEE Food Stores, Inc. Similarly, she has provided diabetes care and education in several domestic and international settings.

A registered and licensed dietitian, Goody has also been actively involved in multiple groups of the American Dietetic Association and is the author and editor of Cultural Food Practices, a professional reference published by the Association. She has also served as a faculty member for the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Goody holds a Ph.D. and MBA from The University of Iowa and a M.S. and B.S. from Iowa State University.
Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition
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Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition at McDonald’s, is responsible for the integration of nutrition science into the development of the many new and exciting menu choices. In this role, Julia works closely with a variety of food and nutrition teams to evolve core and new menu choices for nutritionally-minded generations. She also plays a significant role in the interpretation and compliance of nutrition legislation throughout the menu.

Julia is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Before working for McDonald’s, Julia served as a research coordinator at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Previously, she held several positions in the quality assurance and nutrition fields.
Wholesome Choices

A quick glance at our menu can show you options that can help even our youngest customers make good, fun choices!
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Milk: Our 1% low-fat white milk and 1% low-fat chocolate milk each provide 30% of the daily value for calcium and meet 1/3 of an individual’s daily needs for dairy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fruit: Apple Dippers and 100% Minute Maid® Apple Juice (6.75 oz) each provide at least ½ cup of fruit and meet ¼ of an individual’s daily needs for fruit according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meat: Chicken McNuggets made with white meat are a tender, juicy choice. Whole Grains: The Premium Honey Wheat Roll for Chicken Sandwiches provides 8 grams of whole grains, which is a half serving of the daily recommendation of 3 ounces of whole grains, according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Vegetables: McDonald’s Premium Salads provide about 3 cups of vegetables – 100% of the recommended daily amount of vegetables, according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It may surprise you to learn that our advertised 4-piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal with Apple Dippers, low-fat caramel dip and 1% low-fat white milk is relatively low in fat, sodium and calories, providing less than a third of the government’s daily recommendations for total fat, sodium and calories according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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