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An evaluation of popular food items offered on children's menus
by Perez, Erica, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 55; 1490326
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to evaluate popular food items on children's menus at sit-down and fast food restaurants. Kid's meals were purchased from two fast food restaurants, McDonald's and Jack in the Box, and two sit-down restaurants, Denny's and Chili's. The meals were analyzed in triplicate for total fat and sodium content. One-Sample t-tests were used to compare the mean analysis values to one third of the FDA recommended Daily Values and restaurant reported values for total fat and sodium. Independent sample t-tests were conducted to compare the mean analysis values between fast food and sit-down restaurants. Results showed that the kid's meals were significantly higher in fat than one third of the FDA recommended Daily Values. It was also shown that the analysis values were significantly different than the restaurant reported values for both total fat and sodium. Lastly, it was concluded that the total fat content between fast food and sit-down restaurants was significantly different while there was no significant difference between sodium values.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reiboldt, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Home economics, Nutrition
Publication Number: 1490326
ISBN: 978-1-124-54613-1
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