A year after American fast food companies agreed to make kids meals healthier, nutritionists and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit advocacy group, evaluated the changes and found their offerings to be far from healthy.
Most of the meals that the likes of Burger King and Sonic are marketing still contain as much cholesterol as six strips of pork bacon or as much sugar as two Twinkies, the group found.
PCRM warns that these finds are troublesome in a time when 16.9 million children are obese, and chain fast food restaurants are marketing food that is high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium as “healthy.”
PCRM compiled a list of the five-worst “healthy” kids meals.
Contains: Six grilled nuggets, waffle potato fries, and low-fat chocolate milk
Nutrition facts: 570 calories, 19 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,150 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of sugars
Nutrition shocker: Contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac.
Contains: Cheeseburger, fries, apple slices, and low-fat white milk
Nutrition facts: 520 calories, 20 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 920 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of sugars
Nutrition shocker: Contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald's kids fries.
Contains: Jr. Burger, apple slices with fat-free caramel dipping sauce, and apple juice
Nutrition facts: 550 calories, 17 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 715 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of sugars
Nutrition shocker: Contains more sugar than two Twinkies.
Contains: Hamburger, fat-free milk, and apple slices
Nutrition facts: 380 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 615 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of sugars
Nutrition shocker: Contains almost as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon.
Contains: Egg whites, two slices of turkey bacon, hash browns, and orange juice
Nutrition facts: 332 calories, 11 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 570 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of sugars
Nutrition shocker: Contains almost 100 more milligrams of sodium than the government recommends children consume at breakfast.
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