McDonald’s is to introduce a ‘healthy’ fizzy drink for children that promises one of their five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables – yet is packed with sugar and calories.
The new drink, called Fruitizz, is part of the fast food giant’s efforts to improve the health credentials of its children’s meals.
It follows the introduction of carrot sticks, fruit bags, mineral water and organic semi-skimmed milk to its Happy Meal menu.
The ‘fizzy treat’ will be served from the central drinks tower at the counter, alongside other soft drink staples, as research had found children found this ‘more exciting and desirable’, according to the chain.
McDonald’s said the drink contains no added sugars, artificial colours or flavours and blends 60 per cent fruit juice from grapes, apples and raspberries with natural sparkling water, giving one of the five-a-day portions.
But a large 500ml cup still contains 49 grams of sugar – while health bosses recommend youngsters have no more than 50 grams in a day. The drink also contains 200 calories.