Worst fast-food kids meals
McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meal, consisting of a double cheeseburger, french fries and chocolate milk, has topped a list of the most unhealthy fast-food kids meals complied by dietitians at the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The group said the McDonald’s kids meal has 840 calories and 37 grams of fat. The group analyzed the content of fast-food meals marketed to children. It ranked the top five meals with high levels of fat, cholesterol and sodium. The rest of the list, in order:
- Wendy’s Kids Meal (chicken sandwich, fries and chocolate Frosty) : 770 calories, 34 grams of fat
- KFC Kids Meal (popcorn chicken, potato wedges, string cheese and soda): 800 calories, 1,800 milligrams of sodium
- A&W Kids Meal (cheeseburger, fries and soda): 780 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat
- Burger King’s BK Kids (breakfast muffin sandwich meal): 95 milligrams of cholesterol
If you absolutely have to stop by somewhere fast to get your child a meal, why not try Subway or Quiznos for a small turkey sandwich on a whole wheat roll, with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and mustard. Add a bag of apples and some nonfat milk or water and you have a complete, well-balanced, low-fat, high-fiber meal. Even if you have to stop in at a traditional fast-food joint, they all now offer something with some health benefits. Try a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun (hold the cheese and mayo), some apple slices, and a bottle of water. Or how about a yogurt parfait? The low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola is actually a good bet. Some even have salads in which you can choose grilled (instead of crispy) chicken and low-fat dressing. You just have to ask for it. Yes, kids will eat a salad if you give it to them. Ask my 3 kids – they love salad.
Just because kids meals are designed for kids, doesn’t mean you have to give it to them.