Foods that make kids fatter faster

Plenty of everyday foods from the supermarket can be just as fattening as fast food.
 
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  • Updated:22 Jan 2007
 

03.Menus compared

Full results for all menus are shown in the table below.

    Nutrients per serve   Nutrients per serve
Meal Unhealthy diet Energy (kJ) Total fat (g) Sugars (g) Healthier diet Energy (kJ) Total fat (g) Sugars (g)
Breakfast Nestlé Milo Cereal (30 g) with 125 mL of reduced-fat milk 770 3.5 16.3 Two wheat biscuits with two thirds of a cup
(167 mL) of reduced-fat milk
789 3.3 10.0
Two slices of high-fibre white toast with Ferrero Nutella (20 g) 1145 7.9 12.6 One slice of high-fibre white toast with polyunsaturated spread (7 g) and jam (10 g) 599 5.7 7.2
Ribena Blackcurrant Fruit Drink (250 mL) 625 35.3 Orange juice (250 mL) 370 0.3 19.4
Mid-morning snack Kellogg's Nutri-Grain cereal bar (30 g) 514 2.3 11.0 Nestlé Ski D'Lite Apple and Pear cereal bar (24 g) 363 0.6 6.2
Uncle Toby's Roll-Ups raspberry flavour (15.6 g) 240 0.5 4.7 Grapes (100 g) 267 0.1 14.9
Lunch Ham sandwich made with high-fibre white bread and polyunsaturated spread (14 g) 1104 10.6 1.8 Ham sandwich made with high-fibre white bread and polyunsaturated spread (14 g) 1104 10.6 1.8
Arnott's Tiny Teddy Dippers Strawberry with Choc Chip Tiny Teddy (27 g) 600 7.9 11.0 Fruit yoghurt (100 g) 476 3.1 16.4
Apple (medium) 370 0.2 19.4 Apple (medium) 370 0.2 19.4
Ribena Blackcurrant Fruit Drink (330 mL) 710 41.3 Water 0 0 0
After school Kraft Snack Abouts Cheese Spread with Chicken Flavoured Biscuits (28 g) 501 8.2 1.0 Cheddar cheese (20 g) with carrot (30 g) and celery (30 g) sticks 396 6.8 1.9
Go Natural Berry Pieces in Yoghurt (30 g) 546 5.6 17.4 Two Arnott's Vita-Weats with polyunsaturated spread (7 g) and Vegemite (5 g) 400 5.8 0.3
Dinner Steggles Chicken Nuggets (125 g) 1330 20.3 1.3 Barbecued chicken breast, no skin (90 g) 697 7.2 0
McCain SuperFries (125 g) 896 8.8 Mashed potato (100 g) with milk 285 0.4 1.0
Broccoli (100 g) 138 0.3 0.4 Broccoli (100 g) 138 0.3 0.4
Pumpkin (50 g) 94 0.2 2.4 Pumpkin (50 g) 94 0.2 2.4
Ice cream (two scoops) 383 5.3 9.9 Banana with ice cream (one scoop) 572 2.8 22.0
The Natural Beverage Company Apple Naturally Flavoured Soft Drink (250 mL) 499 0.0 29.0 Reduced-fat milk (250 mL) 525 3.6 13.7
Total   10465 81.6 214.8 7745 51 137

 

Table notes

A day’s food for an eight-year-old: the ‘unhealthy diet’ provides far too many kilojoules, meaning your child’s likely to put on weight. However, there’s more to food than kilojoules: milk, for example provides more kJ than the same amount of most sweetened fizzy drinks, but they lack the proteins, vitamins and minerals in milk.

Nutrition information in the table is from the packaging or food composition tables.

 

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