Friday, March 29, 2013

97% of Restaurant Kids' Meals Are Unhealthy, Consumer Group Says

At fast food restaurants, most parents buy their children unhealthy items that can account for up to 51 percent of a child's daily calorie needs, even though healthier options are available, the study shows.

  

Despite steps by some chain restaurants to offer healthier kids' meals, most still aren't very nutritious, according to a new report.

Of the3,500 meals from 41 top chain restaurantsthat were analyzed, just 3 percent met the nutrition standards set by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the advocacy organization that conducted the report.

Fifty percent of the meals had more than 600 calories, 78 percent offered soft drinks as a beverage option and 73 percent offered fries as a side.

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