Monday, August 4, 2008

Kid's meals loaded with calories!

ABC: The Center for Science in the Public Interest, released a new report today, on foods served to children at fast food restaurants.

It says that despite the rise in childhood obesity, the top restaurants are still serving foods that are too high in calories. Children between 4 and 8 years old are supposed to eat 430 calories per meal.

But the Center for Science in the Public Interest claims, that their study shows that every combination of kids meals at Kentucky fried Chicken, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Chick-Fil-A, and Taco Bell were way over that limit.

Subway’s kids’ meals came out on top. Only a third of its Fresh Fit for Kids meals, which include a mini-sub, juice box, and one of several healthful side items (apple slices, raisins, or yogurt), exceed the 430-calorie threshold. Subway is the only chain that doesn’t offer soft drinks with kids’ meals.

Besides being almost always too high in calories, 45 percent of the kids’ meals at the 13 chains studied by CSPI are too high in saturated and trans fat, and 86 percent are too high in sodium. That’s alarming, according to CSPI, because a quarter of children between the ages of five and ten show early signs of heart disease, such as high LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) or elevated blood pressure.

No surprise here! (Although I do feel like Taco Bell cheese roll-ups and bean burritos are better than a hamburger meal. I have never actually looked up the calories to compare. Hmmm..)

After reading this story, I decided to give my kids vegetarian vegetable soup for lunch. That is a very strange thing to do today because it is supposed to be one of the hottest days of the year! Oh Well! They ate every bite! That soup is about the only way I can get them to eat veggies!

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Maria said...

There is so much information out there, and the thing that jazzes me-- what ever happened to an old-fashioned home cooked meal? The kind that balances all of the important stuff? Sorry, but I am so so so frustrated. How many studies do we need before people stop accepting the situation as status quo? said...

Wouldn't it be nice if there were commericals for green beans and carrots on T.V.? The carrots with Sponge Bob on them have helped our cause! My son always wants to buy them, then he eats them and spits them out. But it's a start!

Jason said...

Parenting? Anyone? Anyone?

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