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Weekend Treats For Kids? May Want to Skip Fast Food Places

There’s the concern over transfat, and the concern over additives and preservatives in fast food meals in general. You’ve probably thought to yourself that that once in a while treat can’t hurt. And they’re so tiny in portions, at least you won’t have to worry about calories? Well, you can add shockingly high calories to the negatives attributed to kiddie fast food meals.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the same organization that made unsavory revelations for Chinese takeout and movie popcorn, has revealed the following for kid’s meals in KFC, Taco Bell, Sonic, Jack in the Box, and (my favorite!) Chick-fil-A and eight others:

  • 90 % have far more than a meal’s worth of calories.
  • Most are loaded with fat and salt too.
  • 93% exceed 430 calories per meal, which is the most a child 4-8 should eat in a day.
  • Some meals have as much as 1200 calories!
  • Subway had the best rating, with 33% of its kids meals exceediing 430 calories.

Said Margo Wootan, CSPI nutrition director

“Most of these kids’ meals appear to be designed to put America’s children on the fast track to obesity, disability, heart attack, or diabetes.”

Harsh words, but parents should heed it. If you’re planning on treating your kids to a fast food meal this weekend, inspect and critique the menu, and maybe go to Subway.

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