November 19, 2008

Burger King Makes Healthier Kids Meals

The world's second-largest hamburger chain, Burger King, said on Wednesday that it will limit sodium in its "Kids Meals".

Burger King is the first fast food restaurant to take this step.

The company, based in Miami, said it will limit sodium to 600 milligrams or less in all its Kids Meals.

"We are proud to be the first quick-service restaurant to publicly commit to limiting sodium in Kids Meals," Burger King Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chidsey said in a statement.

The Kids Meal includes age-appropriate portions of nutritionally fortified Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Burger King's Fresh Apple Fries with low-fat caramel dipping sauce, and Hershey's 1 percent low-fat milk.

The meal contains 340 calories and 505 milligrams of sodium.  Other options that meet the company's new criteria are in development and will be rolled out by the summer of 2009.

Burger King will feature information about adult meal combinations that provide 650 calories at participating restaurants.  This will start in New York City, which has been a leader in legislating healthier restaurant food.


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