Health Buzz: Kids’ Menus Improving But Not Enough

US News & World Report

August 31, 2016
in Kids' Meals

When it comes to kids’ meals, fast-food and full-service restaurants are doing better at reducing calories, a new study finds. However, parents should realize that most meals on children’s menus exceed dietary guidelines for healthy levels of fat, saturated fat and sodium, according to a study of the nation’s most popular food chains, released Wednesday and published in the April issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Restaurant meals tend to have more calories and less nutritional quality than meals prepared at home, the study notes. Restaurant eating is routine for many kids, so the meals they offer could have a significant impact on kids’ overall nutrition and potential forbecoming overweight or obese.

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