A recent study found that most children’s meals at the nation’s top restaurants are failing when it comes to good nutrition and healthy eating. The study was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the findings are downright scary!
Among other things, the study found that 91 percent of children’s meals at the restaurant chains studies do not meet the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell menu standards. Specifically, 50 percent of the children’s meals contained more than 600 calories, and many were more than 1000 calories! To put this in context, the government’s dietary guidelines recommend that children ages 4 to 10 consume just 1,200 to 2,200 calories for the entire day!
Also, 78 percent of restaurant chains offer soft drinks as a kids’ beverage option, while only 40 percent offer fat-free or low-fat milk, and 73 percent of kids’ menus offer fried potatoes while only 53 percent offer other vegetable options like carrots.
Some of the worst of the worst in the study were:
Applebee’s: Grilled cheese on sourdough bread, fries and chocolate milk with a total of 1,200 calories!
Chili’s: Pepperoni pizza with homestyle fries and soda with a total of 1,010 calories!
Denny’s: Jr. cheeseburger and french fries (beverages not included) for a total of 980 calories!
Dairy Queen: Chicken strips, kids’ fries, sauce, a frozen drink and a “Dilly Bar” for dessert, with a total of 1,030 calories!
And it’s more than just calories. These meals are also loaded with fat and sodium too, making them a “triple threat” to kid’s health.
The lesson here is to pay attention to what you’re children are ordering and help them make healthy choices. This can be especially easy to do with younger children because they can’t read the menu yet. You, the parent, are reading them menu for them, and you don’t have to include every option – you can only give them the healthier options.
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Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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