NUTRITION STANDARDS WE ARE ASKING RESTAURANTS TO MEET FOR KIDS' MEALS
If the Children’s Meal includes a beverage, that beverage must be:
- Water, sparkling water, or flavored water, with no added natural or artificial sweeteners;
- Nonfat or 1 percent milk or non-dairy milk alternative containing no more than 130 calories per container and/or serving as offered for sale; or
- 100 percent juice, with no added sweeteners, in a serving size of no more than eight ounces.
The Children’s Meal must contain no more than:
- 600 calories
- 770 milligrams of sodium
- 35% of calories from total sugars
- 35% of calories from fat
- 10% of calories from saturated fat
- 0.5 grams of trans fat.
The Children’s Meal must include at least 0.5 cup (or equivalent) of non-fried fruit or non-fried vegetables (excluding white potatoes), and at least one of the following:
- A whole grain product that contains no less than 51% by weight whole grain ingredients or lists whole grains as the first ingredient;
- A lean protein food, consisting of at least two ounces of meat; one ounce of nuts, seeds, dry beans, or peas; or one egg. For purposes of this section, a lean protein contains less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams and per labeled serving; or
- At least 0.5 cup of nonfat or 1 percent milk or low-fat yogurt, or 1 ounce of reduced fat cheese.
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