Wednesday, July 16, 2008

89% of kids' food products low on nutritional value: study

About 89 per cent of grocery items marketed to appeal to children are stuffed with high levels of sugar, fat or sodium and offer poor nutritional value, according to a new Canadian study.

Researchers found the following:
Eighty-nine per cent of the products studied had high levels of sodium or an excessive proportion of calories from fat or sugar.
Less than one per cent of foods marketed to children are fruits and vegetables.
Sixty-three per cent of fun food products make at least one nutrition claim in its packaging.
Almost one-quarter of the products contain a high proportion of calories from fat.
Seven out of 10 products had a high proportion of calories from sugar.
Two out of 10 had high levels of sodium

Complete results here.