Little eaters

Thursday 4th January 2018
Children's menus under the spotlight.

Little eaters

Going out to eat used to be seen as a treat, but research shows it's more common now with 40 per cent of parents eating out with their kids at least once a fortnight.
However, 66 per cent of parents say they don't think children's food in restaurants is good enough.
If you're looking for the best places to take your family for a meal, take a look at the Soil Association's new interactive league table ranking children's food in 25 of the UK's most popular restaurant chains. While several chains have significantly improved their children's menus over the past two years, the Soil Association's Out to Lunch campaign, in collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and secret diner families, has uncovered continuing widespread poor practice with a number of chains failing to serve fresh food or healthy choices.
In particular, the campaign found restaurants serving oversized children's puddings – one dessert at Hungry Horse was found to include 78g of sugar, over 400 per cent of a child's daily sugar allowance. Children's meals were also found to include additives linked to hyperactivity (E133 Brilliant Blue FCF), additives made from insects (E120 cochineal), and flavourenhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate).
While family favourites such as Prezzo and Nando's have fallen into the bottom
five of the league table, Jamie's Italian topped the list. See the full results at
www.soilassociation.org/outtolunch.

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