Food Chains 'Failing to Ditch the Junk for Kids'
FAMILY restaurants are failing to offer healthy food choices to children and parents, a new report warned today.
Popular food chains still serve up junk food as "treats" for youngsters, the Soil Association said.
Chips, fizzy drinks and "eat as much as you like" ice-cream were among the unhealthy products found during a survey of family restaurants.
None of the meals at the 10 chains surveyed came close to meeting new school dinner standards, according to the Soil Association.
Cafe Rouge, which has a branch in Leamington, was named the worst restaurant, with the Soil Association finding a "complete absence" of fruit and vegetables on its children's menu.
The average meal served at Nando's, which has a restaurant in Coventry and was named the second worst chain in the survey, contained eight teaspoons of added sugar, the Soil Association said.
None of the 10 chains surveyed passed the researchers' fat and sugar tests. And almost none of them served food which was homemade rather than pre-prepared and frozen.
Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett said parents had a right to be given a healthier choice of food options …
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Publication information: Article title: Food Chains 'Failing to Ditch the Junk for Kids'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Coventry Evening Telegraph (England). Publication date: November 30, 2006. Page number: 8. © 2009 Coventry Newpapers. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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