Most kids' meals at the USA's top chain restaurants are still failing to make the grade when it comes to good nutrition, a new analysis finds.
Fried chicken fingers and nuggets, fries and soda are the most common items offered to children, and some kids meals contain more than 1,000 calories and are high in sodium and fat, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The government's dietary guidelines recommend that children ages 4 to 10 eat 1,200 to 2,200 calories for the entire day.
"This is really disappointing," says Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for CSPI. "Restaurants should be doing better."
The findings come after many restaurants have made some strides in offering healthier fare on kids' menus, including serving more fruit, vegetables and fat-free and low-fat milk.