Fast Food Meals for Kids: Worse Than Ever?

Photo by: KFC
KFC's Li'l Bucket
The choices for KFC's new Li'l Bucket meal range from "pretty good" (204 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 565 mg of sodium for the roasted drumstick, green beans, and ... more 
Photo by: KFC
KFC's Li'l Bucket
The choices for KFC's new Li'l Bucket meal range from "pretty good" (204 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 565 mg of sodium for the roasted drumstick, green beans, and flavored water, pictured here) to "not so good" (710 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 1,600 mg of sodium for a chicken sandwich, mac-and-cheese, and milk). Unfortunately, all of their best-sellers are in that "not so good" option -- and KFC's senior director of marketing, Cynthia Kopolos, admits that the healthier combo "will probably not be the No. 1 choice." The free pouch of GoGo Squeez applesauce seems like a healthy treat, but it provides almost no nutrition. (Nutritional information)
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Fri, Mar 29, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
A new report released this week from the Center for Science in the Public Interest has found that a whopping 97 percent of the nearly 3,500 fast-food kid meal combinations they analyzed didn't meet basic nutritional standards for calorie, fat, and sodium content -- not even the so-called "healthy" ones. "Given that children consume on average 25 percent of their daily calories at fast-food and other restaurants, the nutritional quality of those meals is important," CSPI said in their report. CSPI set limits of no more than 430 calories and 770 milligrams of sodium per meal, with no more than 35 percent of calories coming from fat; another group, the National Restaurant Association's Kids Live Well program, put the cut-off at 600 calories. Here's how some of the most-popular fast-food places fared. -- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine