No Happy Meals -- San Francisco banned the sale of McDonald's Happy Meals in late 2010. Lawmakers in other states have called for a ban on toys in the meals.
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CLEVELAND - One year after major restaurant chains pledged to make kids meals healthier, several menu items targeted to children are still loaded with sodium, sugar, and cholesterol, according to one new study.
McDonald's cheeseburger Happy Meal contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald's kids fries, according to the findings by the non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Their study highlights the five worst "healthy" fast-food kids meals, with Burger King's hamburger Kids Meal also making the list. The study criticizes the meal for having as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon.
"It isn't a healthy meal if the cheeseburger's still on the plate," explained PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin. "Fast food companies are trying to pull the wool over parents' eyes by adding apple slices to a fat-loaded meal."
The five worst "healthy" fast-food kids meals are:
- Chick-fil-A Kids Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal: Contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac.
- McDonald's Cheeseburger Happy Meal: Contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald's kids fries.
- Sonic Kids' Jr. Burger Meal: Contains more sugar than two Twinkies.
- Burger King Hamburger Kids Meal: Contains almost as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon.
- Denny's Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam: Contains almost 100 more milligrams of sodium than the government recommends children consume at breakfast.
Last July, the high-profile Kids LiveWell campaign was launched by the National Restaurant Association, where 19 restaurant chains, including Burger King and Chick-fil-A, pledged to offer and promote healthier kids meals, PCRM dieticians said. While the non-profit noted McDonald's doesn't participate in Kids LiveWell, they announced plans last July to make its Happy Meals more nutritious.
You can read the 4-page report in a .pdf file by clicking the following link: http://on.wews.com/Mr9MRr
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