Some Hong Kong restaurants are serving children’s meals that contain excessive fat, sodium and sugar which could lead to obesity and other chronic diseases.
Last year, 15 restaurants were found to have served such meals, Skypost reported Tuesday, citing the consumer watchdog.
The Consumer Council tested 90 different food samples and found them unsuitable for children, the report said.
One set meal of mini hamburger, potato chips and Qoo juice plus chocolate ice cream in Ruby Tuesday has 1,300 kilocalories, equivalent to eating six bowls of rice or a full day’s energy requirement for four-year-old boys or five-year-old girls.
It found that a mini rib roast meal in Outback Steakhouse contains 2,500 milligrams of sodium, the amount recommended for adults.
The maximum recommended daily intake for four to six-year-olds is 1,200 mg., the report said.
Outback Steakhouse said children’s menus are available for matching and only tomato juice in its drinks selection contains higher sodium.
The drink has been withdrawn from sale, it said.
Also, Outback said it will adjust the sauce and seasoning in children’s meals to make them healthier to eat.
Dieticians said high levels of fat and sugar can distort children’s tastes and increase the chance of obesity as they grow.
It also increases the risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease, they said.
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