Healthier Menus At Some Fast Food Restaurants

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM EDT

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Healthier Menus At Some Fast Food Restaurants

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) Parents looking for healthier meals for their kids no longer have to avoid certain fast food and chain restaurants.

At least 19 eateries -- including Burger King, Chili's, and IHOP--announced they will include more nutritious options on their children's menus.

That means increased servings of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

The items will also have less fats, sugars and sodium.

It's all part of a new National Restaurant Association initiative.

Don't worry, burgers and fries will still be on the menu, but the restaurants say they will do more to promote healthier options.

Chili's, for example, will highlight a chicken sandwich with a side of
pineapple or mandarin oranges on their kids' menu.

And Burger King has recently reformulated children's chicken nuggets so they include less sodium.

The federal government will also soon require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calories on their menus.

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