To meet CSPI's nutrition criteria, kids' meals must not exceed 430 calories and cannot have more than 35 percent added sugars by weight nor more than 770 milligrams of sodium. Meals must include at least half a serving of fruit or vegetable, an item that is 51 percent or more whole grain or include minimum levels of vitamins or fiber.
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Most of the 3,500 kids' meals tested fell flat, but some were exceptionally bad, according to CSPI. Read on to see five of the worst offenders.
This meal packs a whopping 1,210 calories, 62 grams of total fat and 2,340 milligrams of sodium.
This is nearly three times the amount of calories and sodium recommended for 4 to 8-year-olds, says CSPI.
With as much saturated fat as an adult should have in a whole day (18 grams), this 1,010 calorie meal, with 2,020 milligrams of sodium, may not be the best choice for children, the report found.
Though less caloric then some other offerings on this list, with 980 calories, 55 grams of total fat and 1,110 milligrams of sodium, this dish is still far from a healthy choice for kids.
CSPI called this combination of fried foods and sugary treats one of the least healthy kids' meals available because it contains 1,030 calories, 45 grams of total fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,730 milligrams of sodium.
Ruby Tuesday's does not disclose saturated or trans fats on its menus, according to CSPI. This meal still packs 860 calories, 46 grams of total fat and 1,730 milligrams of sodium.