March 28, 2013 |
Ninety-one percent of thousands of children's meals at the biggest restaurant chains don't meet standards set by the National Restaurant Assn.'s own initiative for healthful kids' meals, a study out Thursday from a nutrition advocacy group says. And nine chains have no meals that meet those standards, the study says. The trade group's standards are voluntary, and it notes that among the participating chains, there are more than 340 healthful kids' items on menus. The Center for Science in the Public Interest did find some “good news” in its study: Nearly half the chains offer at least one healthier meal, said Ameena Batada, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina who conducted the study.
January 16, 2013 |
Let's be real here. Anyone who orders a meal with three pieces of breaded chicken, a buttery sauce, and mashed potatoes can't be much surprised that it's high in calories. Or that a piece of cake that weighs close to a pound might, as they say, be applied “directly to the hips.” So why would the Center for Science in the Public Interest - advocacy group or nutrition nag, depending on your perspective - give a dubious shout-out to those restaurant choices and several others on Wednesday by handing out “Xtreme Eating Awards”?
March 28, 2013 |
When you order a kids' meal at any restaurant, chances are you're not going to get a quinoa salad or grilled chicken with kale, hold the oil. Instead, you can bet on a basket of fried chicken fingers and fries or a bowl of macaroni and cheese. If anyone is surprised by this, please speak now. A recent study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found that most restaurant kids' meals are still brimming with calories. PHOTOS: Outrageous fast food menu items Out of the 3,500 kids' meals surveyed for the study, 97% of them failed to meet nutritional standards, Reuters reported . Still, if you look back at how kids' meals fared in 2008, with 99% of the meals failing, you could say we're moving in the right direction.
March 5, 2012 |
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring in popular soft drinks, citing a possible cancer risk. This isn't the first time that CSPI has targeted the food additive that gives colas, including Coke and Pepsi, their familiar brown color. The organization first petitioned the FDA on the matter in 2011, noting that 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, which form when sugar is mixed with ammonia and sulfites to create caramel coloring, had been shown to cause lung, liver and thyroid cancer in mice and rats.
February 16, 2011 |
If you’re not alarmed by caramel colorings, you soon might be. A consumer group has urged the FDA to ban some of them. One guess as to which group. Yes, the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "The "caramel coloring" used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods is contaminated with two cancer-causing chemicals and should be banned," the organization announced. Its news release helpfully links to the petition it filed with the FDA. The American Beverage Assn.
April 16, 2014 |
Artificial trans fat still lurks in our food, at least at the Joe's Crab Shack chain, according to a health watchdog group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Wednesday that the Houston-based seafood restaurant company uses a blend of partially hydrogenated margarine-butter blend containing dangerous levels of trans fat. Joe's Crab Shack, which was established in 1994, did not immediately respond to requests for comment....