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What's in Your Kid's Meal?

Do you know what your kids are really eating at fast-food restaurants?

A startling new study finds that every day 1/3 of American children eat on the go a lot of those kids' meals are unhealthy, nutritional nightmares.

It's fast, it's convenient, and it's cheap, but health advocates say it can be downright dangerous.

"A restaurant meal is a mine field. And the explosions are going to be in your stomach, your heart."

The Center for Science in the Public Interest investigated the country's top 25 chain restaurants and found that in most, over 90% of the kid's menu meals packed way too many calories.

Children between 4 and 8 years old, are supposed to eat 430 calories per meal but CSPI found that every combination of kids meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell were over the limit.

Take KFC's "Laptop" meal. With popcorn chicken, baked beans, a biscuit, teddy grahams and fruit punch, it packs 940 calories.

With a double cheese burger, fries and chocolate milk, Burger King's "Big Kids" meal delivers a whopping 910 calories.

The Industry says that information is already available.

"Not just on the websites, but in the restaurants as well, on brochures and tray liners and posters."

In a statement, Burger King says they, "Offer a number of kids meal options that allow parents to customize."

KFC called the report "inaccurate," saying "they offer a variety of ...lower calorie...options." 

Ultimately, CSPI says, kids suffer.

"Obesity, diebetes, heart diesease, high blood pressure, strokes, that's what 's coming down the road. "

Now, there are ways to make healthier choices. Ask restaurants to limit cheese and sauces, ask for apple slices instead of french fries, milk instead of soda, and if you can find that nutrition information, you might be surprised at what it holds.

Click Here for more tips on how to Eat Healthier on the Go!

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