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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

5 worst fast food kid meals



happy_meal_0429.jpgWell we knew this stuff wasn't health food, but the  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says those kiddie meals at fast food places are not just cheap and fast, they are loaded with sugar and sodium, and really offer very little nutritional value. And this is AFTER the top fast-food chains including McDonald’s and Burger King announced plans to make kids meals healthier. Nearly a year after those announcements, nutrition experts with the PCRM evaluated kids meals from these and other fast-food restaurants and found that many are still loaded with fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

"Passing off unhealthful foods as 'healthy' is especially troubling at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese," the report said.

Here's their 5 worst offenders:

Chick-fil-A Kids Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal  The nutritional shocker is that it contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac.

McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal Contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald’s kids fries.

Sonic Kids’ Jr. Burger Meal Contains more sugar than two Twinkies.

Burger King Hamburger Kids Meal Contains almost as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon.

Denny's Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam Contains almost 100 more milligrams of sodium than the government recommends children consume at breakfast.

PCRM notes that restaurants are increasingly marketing “healthy” versions of kids meals, but often these meals feature the same unhealthy entrees paired with healthier sides, like apple slices instead of french fries.

"Along with those apple slices, kids are still getting cholesterol-laden chicken, artery-clogging cheeseburgers, and cancer-promoting processed meats. Reduced-fat and fat-free plain or chocolate milk is often offered as a 'healthier' beverage option, but it still contributes to a meal’s overall cholesterol and sugar counts."

You can read the full report here.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:24pm]


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