HealthDay News recently reported that popular restaurants have cut calories in children’s meals and are offering some healthier side dishes, such as fruits and vegetables, according to a new study. But, the researchers added, while these restaurants appear to be making some progress in providing lower-calorie menu options, the meals are still packed with too much salt and fat.
“The industry has started to make some changes, but it’s focusing mostly on calories. Improvements are needed to consistently offer healthier combinations,” said study co-author Christina Economos. She is an associate professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition in Boston.
The investigators looked at online nutrition information for children’s meal options in 2014. The research included the 10 most popular fast-food outlets: Arby’s, Burger King, Chik-Fil-A, Dairy Queen, Jack-in-the-Box, KFC, McDonald’s, Sonic, Subway and Wendy’s. It also included the 10 most popular sit-down restaurant chains: Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Denny’s, IHOP, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Red Robin and TGI Friday’s.