Restaurants are still feeding kids unhealthy rubbish
High Street restaurant chains are still not providing anything remotely healthy for kids to eat - so say the Out To Lunch Campaign, run by the Soil Association and Organix, who surveyed 21 popular eateries and found them awash with horse nuggets and fizzy mouthwash.
Only Jamie Oliver’s Italian smug barns provided any healthy choices or vegetable shaped items, and they were also the only restaurant who had any idea where the meat came from in the chicken strips.
There were some shockers out there – Burger King is worse for kid’s meals, and Italian restaurant chain Prezzo came third from bottom. McDonalds, surprisingly, was mid table, and believe it or not, Wetherspoons came third from top. (Although we’re not sure how healthy it is for children to watch their mum down 6 blue WKDs and a bottle of Echo Falls rose while they eat it).
‘Most are still churning out children’s menus dominated by the usual suspects – burgers, nuggets and pizzas – turning the table into a battlefield for any parents wanting their child to eat well.’ Said Joanna Lewis, head of policy for the Soil Association.
Isn't this all a bit of middle-class hand wringing, though? Obviously you want your kids to be healthy, but surely the point of going out to eat with the family is to fill your kid’s gullets with the kind of processed crap you wouldn’t feed to a pig?