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Most Restaurant Children’s Meals Are Still Unhealthy

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You like eating out? So do we. However this article in the NY Times make us pause and think….


Many menu items don’t meet the restaurant association’s own standards for healthful children’s meals, the New York Times reports.

The New York Times: Most Children’s Meals At Large Restaurant Chains Are Still Unhealthy, A Study Finds.

A new study of the nutritional quality of meals for children on the menus of the nation’s largest chain restaurants has found that 91 percent do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program. An even larger percentage — 97 percent of restaurant children’s meals — failed to meet stricter standards developed by a panel of nutrition and health experts for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit research and advocacy group that commissioned the study (Strom, 3/28).


1) Avoid fast food joints. Food must be savored and eaten slowly. Pre-cooked or plat manufactured food typically have high levels of unnecessary chemicals.

2) Most restaurants serve larger portion than needed. Order smaller plates or from the kid’s menu.

3) Kids watch what you eat. Set an example and eat healthy

4) Avoid overindulging in food with too much fat, alcohol, sugar and salt.

5) Eat lean (remember the food pyramid?) or in other words eat more veggies instead of meat.

6) When and where possible substitute fruits for desserts and salad for fries.

Better yet, eat out less. Cook at home and involve your child in the process. They will love it.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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