McDonald's Corp. says it will offer side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of French fries as part of its popular Value Meals.
The announcement Thursday by the world's largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic.
McDonald's, which often bears the brunt of criticism over the restaurant industry's penchant for tempting diners with indulgent and often high-calorie food, said it would offer the option in all of its 20 major global markets by 2020.
McDonald's also vowed to promote only water, milk and juice as the beverages in its popular Happy Meals for children as part of its announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Thursday. Read More