Ever wondered how kids meals compare nutritionally between McDonalds, Burger King and KFC. I have. Here’s what I found…
This little experiment isn’t intended to show any one brand up, rather it was to satisfy my own curiosity. It’s worth noting that there are hundreds of combinations available which I haven’t compared, instead choosing a small selection of popular combinations that I would likely choose. There are other combinations that will be more healthy and unhealthy than those I have shown. All fries are unsalted.
Happy Meal including Chicken Nuggets, Fries and Fruit Shoot
Comment: A pleasant surprise really, the calorific value is reasonable (around a quarter of a child’s daily allowance). The amount of salt in this meal was the second highest out of the 6 combos.
Happy Meal including Hamburger, Fries and Coke
Comment: Calorific value much higher here, mainly due to the coke. Salt was by far the highest of all selections.
Kids Meal including Fillet Burger, Fries, Fruit Shoot & Yoghurt
Comment: The second highest for calories, but quite a low salt value. Includes desert which other combos do not.
Kids Meal including Chicken Strips, Corn, Fruit Shoot & Yoghurt
Comment: Calorific value is relatively low but this meal has the seond highest fat content. Lower in salt than other combos. Includes desert which other combos do not.
Kids Meal including Hamburger, Fries and Diet Coke
Comment: Very high fat content and calorific value over 500. Salt is relatively low
Kids Meal including Chicken Tenders, Fries and Coke
Comment: Middle of the road in calories but quite high in fat.
Burger King does badly for fat content. McDonalds performs poorly for salt and choose the wrong combo from KFC and consume nearly 600 calories. My favourite combination was the KFC chicken, corn, fruit shoot and yoghurt meal. Its quite high in fat but includes a vegetable, protein and dairy for maximum variety and it has the yoghurt providing a desert. I was surprised how evenly each brand performed overall. The biggest alarm bells rang when I saw how much full sugar carbonated drink added to the values.
What do you think?