Five Worst Packaged Kids Meals
Lunchables and similar packaged lunches seem like cheap and convenient options. But many of these meals pack a hidden cost—an increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Cancer Project dietitians analyzed nearly 60 packaged lunchbox meals offered by major companies. The Lunchables Maxed Out Cracker Combo Ham and Cheddar topped the list because it has 22 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium—more salt than younger children should consume in an entire day.
The report found that most packaged lunchbox meals have little or no fiber and are high in fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol. Many also contain processed meats, which are linked to increased cancer risk later in life.