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Table 3 Average nutrient information for children’s meals a consumed by menu typeb in quick-service restaurants

From: A pilot and feasibility study to assess children’s consumption in quick-service restaurants using plate waste methodology

  Mean Calories ± SD (kcal [range]) Mean Total Fat ± SD
(g [range])
Mean % of Calories from Total Fat ± SD
(% [range])
Mean Saturated Fat ± SD
(g [range])
Mean % of Calories from Saturated Fat ± SD
(% [range])
Mean Trans Fat ± SD
(g [range])
Mean Sodium ± SD
(mg [range])
Mean Fiber ± SD
(g [range])
Mean Sugar ± SD
(g [range])
Mean % of Calories from Sugar ± SD
(% [range])
All Meals (n = 50)
Excluding dessertc 486 ± 197
(152-1044)
19.1 ± 11.5
(5.0-51.0)
33.9 ± 9.86
(9.6- 52.1)
5.0 ± 3.0
(1.5-16.1)
9.2 ± 3.3
(2.9-16.2)
0.19 ± 0.36
(0.00-2.00)
935 ± 462
(273-2218)
3.7 ± 2.1
(0.7-8.0)
18.8 ± 13.0
(0.0-50.0)
16.6 ± 11.4
(0.0-42.6)
Including dessertc 519 ± 222
(152-1086)
20.2 ± 12.0
(5.0-51.0)
33.6 ± 9.2
(9.6- 50.0)
5.7 ± 3.8
(1.5-18.9)
9.5 ± 3.6
(2.9-16.2)
0.20 ± 0.37
(0.00-2.00)
957 ± 471
(273-2218)
3.7 ± 2.1
(0.7-8.0)
22.7 ± 17.7
(0.0-89.3)
18.4 ± 11.2
(0.0-42.6)
Meals from the Children’s Menu (n = 18)
Excluding dessertc 414* ± 167
(152-757)
16.8 ± 6.9
(5.5-31.9)
37.0* ± 6.1
(24.4-52.1)
4.3 ± 2.4
(1.6-10.3)
9.2 ± 2.6
(5.5-14.5)
0.19 ± 0.26
(0.00-0.67)
684* ± 347
(273-1483)
2.8* ± 1.5
(0.7-7.0)
19.3 ± 11.9
(0.0-39.0)
18.0 ± 9.6
(0.0- 36.0)
Including dessertc 472 ± 253
(152-1086)
18.6 ± 9.8
(5.5-43.7)
35.6 ± 4.4
(24.4-43.3)
5.5 ± 4.3
(1.6-18.9)
9.8 ± 3.1
(5.5-15.6)
0.23 ± 0.31
(0.00-0.95)
723* ± 409
(273-1833)
2.9* ± 1.5
(0.7-7.0)
26.9 ± 22.6
(2.2-89.3)
21.2 ± 9.1
(5.7-36.0)
Meals from the Standard Menu (n = 32)
Excluding dessertc 527 ± 203
(224-1044)
20.4 ± 13.3
(5.0-51.0)
32.1 ± 11.2
(9.6-50.0)
5.5 ± 3.3
(1.5-16.1)
9.1 ± 3.6
(2.9-16.2)
0.19 ± 0.41
(0.00-2.00)
1076 ± 463
(288-2218)
4.2 ± 2.2
(0.9-8.0)
18.6 ± 13.7
(0.00-50.0)
15.9 ± 12.3
(0.00-42.6)
Including dessertc 545 ± 202
(282-1044)
21.1 ± 13.1
(5.0-51.0)
32.5 ± 10.9
(9.6-50.0)
5.9 ± 3.5
(1.5-16.1)
9.4 ± 3.9
(2.9-16.2)
0.19 ± 0.41
(0.00-2.00)
1075 ± 462
(288-2218)
4.2 ± 2.2
(0.9-8.0)
20.3 ± 14.2
(0.00-52.7)
16.8 ± 12.1
(0.00-42.6)
  1. * Significantly different (p < 0.05) compared with meals ordered from the standard menu (e.g., a meal from the children’s menu excluding dessert compared with a meal from the standard menu excluding dessert), using t-tests
  2. a Nutrition information for the meals include the entrée, beverage, and side dishes combined
  3. b Menu type refers to meals ordered from a children’s menu or a standard menu (a.k.a. “adult” or “core” menu)
  4. c Desserts included cookies, ice cream, and shakes; n = 6 meals included dessert (n = 3 with meals from the children’s menu and n = 3 with meals from the standard menu)