Wendy's and Taco Bell are promoting meal alternatives with less than 10 grams of fat. Burger King will introduce its Fire Roasted Chicken baguette line that boasts just 5 fat grams. McDonald's Corp. is testing a $4.99 Go Active meal, an adult Happy Meal including an entree salad, bottled water, pedometer and walking booklet, while Subway Restaurants prepares a new campaign touting nutritional balance. Applebee's International later this year will introduce its Weight Watchers menus section.
"The chain industry has recognized they have to be on the offensive and that the consumer does have healthy options," says Ron Paul, president of food researcher Technomic.