The nutritional value of children's menus in chain restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland

A study was conducted by researchers in the UK and Ireland to investigate the nutritional quality of children's menus in 20 popular chain restaurants. Total energy, fat, saturated fat and salt was evaluated from every food item on the children's menu in each restaurant and were compared with the recommended nutritional guidelines in both jurisdictions.

Key results included;

  • A totaly of 68% if younger children's (aged 2-5 years) and 55% of older children's (aged 6-12 years) meals contained more total fat than recommended and more than 4 times the amount of saturated fat.
  • Fast food resaurant meals contained less energy, fat, and salt than did full- service restaurants, and meal deals were less likely to meet dietary guidelines than were main meals.

Results show that eating in chain restaurants, and in particular eating meal deals, does not contribute positively to the diet of children in the UK and Ireland.

Posted: 13/06/2019 12:04:11 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Children, Nutrition, Restaurants, Standards


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