According to the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meal has topped a list of the five "most unhealthful" fast-food meals with 840 calories, 37 grams of fat, and about as much sodium as a child should consume in an entire day.
The list, based on analysis by dietitians at PCRM also includes meals from Wendy’s, KFC, A&W, and Burger King’s just-released BK Kids Breakfast Meal.
The organization says all five of these worst fast-food kids meals are high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. None would meet the nutritional standards for healthful children’s lunches set forward last year by the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Fast-food kids meals are heavily marketed: Children now see more fast-food ads on television than ever before, according to a recent University of Illinois study.
Here are their five most unhealthful kids meals, ranked from worst to least bad:
McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meal: Double Cheeseburger, French fries, and chocolate milk, 840 calories; 37 grams of fat, 1460 mg sodium.
Wendy’s Kids’ Meal: Chicken Sandwich, French fries, and chocolate Frosty, 770 calories; 34 grams of fat.
KFC Kids Meal: Popcorn chicken, potato wedges, string cheese, and soda, 800 calories; 1,800 milligrams of sodium.
A&W Kids Meal: Cheeseburger, French fries, and soda, 780 calories; 9 grams of saturated fat.
Burger King’s BK Kids Meal: Breakfast muffin sandwich meal, 95 milligrams of cholesterol; exceeds recommended limit on sodium intake.
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