Those kids’ meals and snacks that are so cleverly marketed on TV may catch your children’s eyes and offer convenience for families on a busy schedule, but they’re also affecting your child’s health. And not in a good way.
Rodale.com, the publisher that explores the relationship between what we eat, how we eat it, and how it all affects our health, has published a list of the 20 worst kids’ foods in America.
A few foods making the list:
Worst sweetened cereal
Cap’n Crunch wasn’t necessarily the only cereal that could be the worst, but it typifies the empty calories in a child’s breakfast diet. The folks at Rodale say, “Aside from the small amount of added vitamins, which are mandated by the government, this cereal is a food scientist’s concoction of worthless foodlike particles and chemicals.”
Worst packaged snack
Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Jack Cheese
One package has 210 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated, 4 g trans) and 370 mg sodium
SunnyD Smooth Style
A 16 oz serving has 260 calories and 60 g sugars
Baskin-Robbins Small Snickers Shake
Not to be confused with Worst Beverage, the Worst Drink has 1,040 calories, 50 g fat, (26 g saturated, 1 g trans), and 112 g sugars. Did you see that – 1,040 calories!
Au Bon Pain Kids’ Grilled Cheese
With 670 calories, 41 g fat (25 g saturated) and 1,060 mg sodium, the folks at Rodale say, “You wouldn’t even consider feeding your child this if they called it by its real name: an oil sandwich with cheese. So soaked is this sandwich that you’d need to eat 25 strips of cooked bacon to equal the amount of saturated fat found between the two slices.”
Worst drive-thru meal
Burger King Kids’ Double Cheeseburger with Small Fries and Coke
This kid’s meal has 1,100 calories, 52 g fat (17.5 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)and 1,870 mg sodium. No wonder our kids are overweight and have high blood pressure.
The worst kids’ meal in America
Uno Chicago Grill Kids’ Kombo with French Fries
This meal has 1,250 calories, 79 g fat (11.5 g saturated) and a whopping 2,850 mg sodium. The folks at Rodale suggest, “Make it a rule when eating out: All dishes must come with at least two colors (and ketchup doesn’t count).”
To see the complete list of The 20 Worst Kids’ Foods in America, visit MSNBC.com. Each selection for worst food also offers a lower fat and calorie alternative.
So tell me: how concerned are you about what your kids eat? When you eat out, do you check things like fat and calories in the menu items? And do any of these “worst foods” surprise you?