Subway's menu fared best in a new evaluation of nutrition in kids' meals
Nine restaurants, including McDonald’s (MCD), Carl’s Jr., and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (AFCE), had zero options that met standards.
“Restaurants just aren’t making significant changes to the kids menu yet.” Many meals come with soda or deep fried foods.
Subway, which already markets itself as a diet-friendly chain, emerged as the winner: All of its kids’ meals met both CSPI and NRA standards. Other chains that fared above average: IHOP (DIN), Red Lobster (DRI),Burger King (BKW), Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, Denny’s (DENN), Bob Evans (BOBE), and LongHorn Steakhouse (DRI).
Of the 50 chains, Olive Garden (DRI) had the greatest number of possible kids’ meal combinations, with a whopping 780, including different variations of pastas, sauces, toppings, and sides. About 1 percent of these, or 10 different meal combos met CSPI standards.