Study: Restaurant Kids' Meals Loaded With Calories

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new report tells parents they won't be finding many healthy choices for their kids at the nation's top restaurant chains.

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest report looked into the nutritional quality of kids' meals at 13 major restaurant chains. The center found 93% of 1,474 possible choices at the 13 chains exceed 430 calories. That's one-third of the daily recommendation from the National Institute of Medicine for children ages four through eight.

Some meal combinations contained more than 1,000 calories.

The report says that while there are some healthy choices, "parents have to navigate a minefield of calories, fat and salt to find them."

The report notes that eating out now accounts for a third of children's daily caloric intake, twice the amount consumed away from home 30 years ago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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