Temptation rises in summer for fast food, unhealthy kids meals

What parents may think is healthy for their kids really isn't

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

DETROIT - As school lets out and summer break begins, so do the days of drive-through meals: cheeseburgers and fries loaded with fat.

"Every now and then, maybe McDonald's, maybe Burger King, maybe some fast food," says Javier Suarez. Javier Suarez is a father of two. He says it's not often but he does drive through sometimes, like most of us, and knows it's not the best idea.

"The thing is that I know they are bad.. but when you are in a hurry.. at the end of the day, you have to feed them," says Suarez.

Meals we think are healthy really aren't.

Read: McDonald's Announces Healthier Happy Meal Changes

The Physicians Committee for responsible medicine came out with their top five worst "healthy" kids meals. And at the top of the list, Chick-Fil-A's grilled nuggets kids meal saying it contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac.

"It's processed. They add salt to cook and preserve the food and it's also the sides and the drink," says Kasie Fondren-Jorquera, registered clinical dietitian. She's a mother of three and knows the pressures of having to feed everyone on the go.

Read: McDonald's Ditches 'Pink Slime'

Below is the list and keep in mind, many of these meal options include fruit. That is, adding apple slices to the meal. However, if the meal is already a fat and sodium bomb for your children, adding fruit, experts say is not going to solve the problem of feeding your kids fatty fried food from fast food places.

Here's the list:

- Chick-Fil-A Grilled nuggets kids meal contains the same amount of cholesterol as a "Big Mac."
- McDonald's cheeseburger happy meal has more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald's kids fries despite the meal including fruit
- Burger King kid's meal has almost as much cholesterol as six slices of bacon
- Sonic Kids Jr. burger meal has more sugar than two Twinkies

"In addition to gaining weight, it can increase their blood pressure, they start gaining fluid and, overall, it's not setting them up for a healthy lifestyle later in life." says Fondren-Jorquera.

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