Hold the milk shake, and maybe juice, for nutrition's sake

  • Updated: May 18, 2012 - 9:35 PM

Apparently, not all fruit punch is the same. A new review of chain restaurant menus found that children's beverages are less healthy in many ways than comparable adult non-alcoholic beverages.

The study eliminated common soft drinks and basic coffee and tea beverages, and then compared the nutritional content of the remaining beverages. On average, beverages marketed to children had 15 grams of fat and 11 grams of saturated fat, while the adult drinks averaged only 13 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat.

The averages were tilted by the number of milk shakes and dessert-like beverages offered to children. The study was published in Public Health Nutrition and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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