HealthToo salty, too caloric ... A study points the finger at the...

    Too salty, too caloric … A study points the finger at the children’s menus of fast food

    Too salty, too caloric ... A study points the finger at the children's menus of fast food

    While frequentation of fast food outlets tends to increase, the study shows that children’s menus are often too high in calories compared to their nutritional needs.

    Worrying finding in fast food. A study published on Monday and conducted by the National Association for the Defense of Consumers and Users (CLCV) points the finger at fast food children’s menus as being far too high in calories compared to their real nutritional needs.

    According to the results of this research, carried out on the basis of around fifty formulas intended for the youngest, caloric intake has tended to increase in recent years, even though the rate of childhood obesity has also increased. ground.

    “It is therefore essential to improve the nutritional quality of children’s menus offered in fast-food restaurants and to strengthen consumer information,” say the authors of the study.

    Decline in caloric intake

    The same association, which conducted a similar study in 2010, points out that since that date children’s menus have even deteriorated in terms of caloric intake.

    “We compared with our 2010 results: the nutritional quality tends to deteriorate, while at the same time, we have an increase in the frequentation of these restaurants. This is a rather worrying finding”, says Lisa Faulet, scientific and food manager at CLCV, guest on BFMTV this Monday.

    The authors of the study especially regret the access to nutritional information on the products consumed by children, which they believe is too little visible and incomplete. If they recognize the efforts of certain brands to display the nutri-scores on their website, “the logo is not visible near the products when ordering and requires clicking on a specific tab”, declare -they.

    Read Also:   Why was the white plan triggered in several hospitals in the country?

    Some fast food restaurants don’t even bother to make them searchable.

    “Light” menus shunned by children

    Although the study recalls that a few more balanced children’s menus – with, for example, a drink with little or no sugar and a portion of fruit and vegetables – have been set up in certain fast-food outlets, these options are ultimately chosen very little by the younger.

    On the contrary, it is the “gourmet” versions of children’s menus that are the most popular, offering young people to accompany their burger with fries and a soda. These formulas represent on average 54% of the daily caloric needs for a 5-year-old child and 59% for a teenager.

    “We have menus that go up to 1800 kcal. This is the equivalent of 80% of the needs we have over an entire day, and we have already reached the maximum in terms of sugar, fat and of salt”, comments Lisa Faulet.

    The solution to remedy this problem would be, according to them, for brands to offer portions adapted to the real caloric needs of children according to their age group and to exclude menus with too many calories.

    Read Also:   First uterus transplant in France: after her "miracle baby", Deborah is expecting a second child

    Adapt your consumption

    For some, however, there is no question of definitively giving up fast food. Lisa Faulet therefore gives some advice on how to best regulate your consumption and avoid a caloric surplus. Starting with the accompaniment that we choose with the children’s burgers.

    “You can change the side by having a salad from time to time, or for example, in children’s menus, you can have compotes or drinkable yogurts for dessert which are much less caloric than caramel ice cream.”

    Same speech for the sauce and the drink: it is better to favor the less fat and the less sweet to limit the caloric intake of the menu. “Despite the sugar, ketchup is still much less caloric than mayonnaise which is very fatty”, recalls Lisa Faulet. “Fruit juice is also very sweet. But at least we have sugars naturally present in fruits. Whereas in sodas, we have added sugars and a lot of additives. So perhaps we should favor juice fruit.”

    Read Also:   How messenger RNA could help cure cancer

    According to ANSES, approximately 50% of children and 60% of adolescents consume fast food at least once a month.

    Source: BFM TV

    This post is posted by Awutar staff members. Awutar is a global multimedia website. It serves as a source of News, Business, Opinion, Analysis, Sports, Health, Fitness, Technology, Education, Travel, and More. If you want to get in touch with us write via: [email protected]


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Subscribe & Get Latest News