A study recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) called “Nutrient Quality of Fast Food Kids Meals,” should serve as a warning light to parents. Medical News Today provides the details.
- The study took place in Houston, where almost all US fast food chain operate.
- 25 percent of children aged 4 to 8 years consume fast food on a typical day!
- The team assessed the quality of kids’ meals using nutrient values provided by the major fast food companies, the seven nutrient criteria from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and dietary guidelines for sodium, fiber, added sugar and trans fat.
- Of the meals that did not meet the NSLP guidelines, more than 65 percent exceeded guidelines for total fat.
- 75 percent were deficient in calcium.
- 82 percent were deficient in iron.
- 85 percent were deficient in vitamin A.