I just went to McDonald's. Here's what I found.
1. I did not see nutritional information posted, but then I didn't look very hard nor did I ask management. However, there was a display rack with different pamphlets available. I picked up the one entitled "Taste, Choice, and Balanced Eating". On the back it says "For more information on McDonald's and nutrition, call: 1-800-244-6227 or visit our Web site www.mcdonalds.com"
So you don't need Internet access to get the information. (But even if McD's didn't offer a toll-free number, I don't buy it that there are many people who cannot just ask someone for help or for information, if they don't have the ability to look online themselves.)
So again I say, the idea that McDonald's is following some marketing strategy whereby it's trying to fool consumers into thinking that they're honestly trying to do well by their customers when really McD's is just trying to hide the horrible, horrible truth is... unfounded.
2. I called the 1-800 number. I spoke to a very courteous man who gave me MORE information than I asked for. Granted, I didn't grill the guy, I just asked how many calories and how much fat is there in a combo meal with a Big Mac, medium fries, and medium Coke. He told me. I asked, is there anything healthier? He made many suggestions (Chicken McGrill sandwich, small fries instead, or apple dippers instead of fries, salads...) and gave me the calorie and fat count for each. He also gave me this information about all of the salad dressings. Then he suggested fruit and yogurt, and started making up a meal and checking out the count for a small hamburger, fruit and yogurt, and regular Coke. Most of this was on his own initiative, without my asking too many questions. Finally, he asked if I had Internet access. When I responded yes, he told me about a new feature on the Web site, "Bag a McMeal", where you can plan your meal and see the nutritional info before you go. Call and decide for yourself if you think McDonald's is trying to hide the nutritional value of its meals. By the way, he said that many McDonald's have a poster with nutritional values but that it is not always in a conspicuous place. Aside from that, he said, most McDonald's have pamphlets with nutritional information for the asking.
3. The new apple dippers are available here, as well as milk as a ready substitute for sodas on kids' meals. The guy at the 1-800 number let me know that most McD's will make substitutions in adult meals as well, but you have to ask the cashier FIRST to make sure that they can do it. Since this is a new product, it will probably take some time for McD's to gauge its success and whether they should make the product available in all markets and on all meals.