Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Restaurant Kids' Meals Have Way Too Much Fat, Salt

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

A study out this morning from the Center for Science in the Public Interest warns parents about restaurant kids' meals.

Simply put, the consumer group says the menus offered to children by most American restaurant chains have way too many calories and too much salt or fat. Of the nearly 3,500 combinations surveyed, CSPI found that the kids' meals failed to meet nutritional standards 97 percent of the time. The study zeroed in on McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Panda Express, Perkins Family Restaurants, Popeyes and Chipotle Mexican Grill, and each fell short of standards adopted by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to the analysis.

Among the meals singled out was Applebees' grilled cheese sandwich, fries and 2 percent chocolate milk: It totaled 1,200 calories, 62 grams of fat and 2,340 milligrams of sodium.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that children eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt each day to avoid high blood pressure, which can lead to coronary disease, stroke and other ailments.

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