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Nutritional Quality of Fast Food Kids Meals and Their Contribution to the Diets of School-Aged Children

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Facultad de Enfermería y Nutrición. Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Niño Artillero 130, Zona Universitaria, 78240 San Luis Potosí, Mexico
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Nutrition and Health Research Center, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Av. Universidad 655, Santa María Ahuacatitlán, 62100 Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
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Facultad de Ciencias Químicas. Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Av. Dr. Manuel Nava 608, Bellas Lomas, 78210 San Luis Potosí, Mexico
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El Colegio de Chihuahua, Partido Díaz 4723, Progresista, 32310 Cd Juárez Chih., Mexico
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Nutrients 2020, 12(3), 612; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030612
Received: 17 January 2020 / Revised: 19 February 2020 / Accepted: 20 February 2020 / Published: 26 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Public Health)
International data indicate that children and adolescents obtain around one third of their daily food intake from products consumed outside their home. Food products from restaurants are usually higher in calories and lower in nutritional value than those prepared home. We evaluated the nutritional quality in kids’ meals from three fast food chains and two movie theaters and compared them with nutritional recommendations for Mexican school-age population. Results showed that the menu options marketed for school-age children have higher caloric contributions than those recommended, in addition to a deficient nutritional quality. The contribution of caloric and of almost all macronutrients for all mealtimes is not only high but even above 100% or 200% of the mean recommended daily intake (reaching to more than 400% of the recommendations of carbohydrates and lipids of preschool age group). In particular, the snack main dish (popcorn), provides over 100% of the mean energy intake recommendations for the three school age groups and for preschool age group, this contribution could reach to 270%. Therefore, regulations regarding nutritional recommendations should exist for these types of commercialized food products for school-age children, along with mandatory and clear labeling that allows consumers to be able to make better choices for their kids. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; fast food restaurants; caloric contribution; macronutrients; nutritive value; school age; children; teenagers; overweight; obesity nutrition; fast food restaurants; caloric contribution; macronutrients; nutritive value; school age; children; teenagers; overweight; obesity
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Palos Lucio, A.G.; Sansores Martínez, D. .-H.; Olvera Miranda, C.; Quezada Méndez, L.; Tolentino-Mayo, L. Nutritional Quality of Fast Food Kids Meals and Their Contribution to the Diets of School-Aged Children. Nutrients 2020, 12, 612.

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