May 11, 2009

Top 10 Saltiest Kid's Meals in America

in Health & Nutrition

Today, the Center for Science in the Public Interest released their study into the high sodium content in restaurant meals.  Here’s their list of the top 10 saltiest kid’s meals in America.  Even if you don’t eat out much, this list might help you be mindful of the "kid’s meals" that are available out there.  Seems like these small meals pack a sodium whallop that isn’t too healthy for your kids.  For reference, the recommended daily sodium limit for children 4-8 years old is 1,200 mg.

For our family, our rule of thumb is to just limit the amount of processed foods we eat, then we don’t have to worry so much about charts and reports like these.

How is your family is finding ways to eat healthier?

Restaurant
Meal
Total Sodium
Teaspoons of Salt
Red Lobster
Chicken Fingers (1,320), Biscuit (350), Fries (740), Raspberry Lemonade (20)
 2,430 mg
 1.0
Chili’s
Country Fried Chicken Crispers (1,600), Rice (660), 1% Milk (125)
 2,385 mg
 1.0
KFC
Popcorn Chicken (850), Macaroni & Cheese (880), Teddy Grahams (95), 2% Milk (180)
 2,005 mg
0.9
Jack in the Box
Chicken Strips Grilled (630), Buffalo Sauce (840), Fries (380), 1% Milk (130)
 1,980 mg
 0.9
Olive Garden
Chicken Fingers (940), Fries (880), Raspberry Lemonade(15)
 1,835 mg
 0.8
Burger King
Chicken Tenders (730), Buffalo Sauce (360), Fries (salted) (590), 1% Milk (130)
 1,810 mg
 0.8
Sonic
Grilled Cheese (1,014), Tator Tots (527), 1% Milk (210)
 1,751 mg
 0.7
Denny’s
Little Dipper Sampler (1,200), Ranch Dressing (189), Goldfish Side (260), Lemonade (38)
 1,687 mg
 0.7
Taco Bell
Bean Burrito (1,240), Cinnamon Twists (200), Mountain Dew Baja Blast (70)
 1,510 mg
 0.6
Arby’s
Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich (740), Curly Fries (548), 2% Milk (116)
 1,404 mg
 .06

 

See the full CSPIN report that also includes the top 10 saltiest adult meals in America too.

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