Happy Meals are not bad for children
Reader comment on: McDonald's Happy Meal Lawsuit
Submitted by DT (United States), Dec 21, 2010 17:35
I got into a long, drawn out argument about this on another forum. Mid way through I decided that we should probably look at the nutritional values for Happy Meals, so I downloaded the PDF from McDonald's.
Surprise! As one meal out of a 3 meal day the average Happy Meal is slightly low in calories, low in cholesterol, low in saturated fat, and average in sodium (for a moderately active child age 4-10). The worst choices are a little high in those categories, but manageable. The best choices are very low across the board.
Fast food in general can be easily abused from a weight and health perspective. But a Happy Meal is an OK meal for a child. A child who has a couple Happy Meals a week is at no risk for obesity or other health problems due to those Happy Meals.
It's amazing what you learn when you actually get the facts. It has been hilarious watching my opponents on the other forum back peddle.
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