December 8th, 2011

Fast-food toy ban no aid to nutrition, study says

By Erin Allday

Santa Clara County’s ban on fast-food toys for kids has had no effect on the nutritional quality of the meals served there, but the restaurants are doing a better job of promoting the right food, or at least not promoting the junk, Stanford researchers say.

In a report published today, Stanford scientists found that Santa Clara County fast-food restaurants - unlike some of their peers in San Francisco, where restaurants got around a similar ban by charging a dime for toys - seem to have stopped promoting their fat- and salt-laden children’s meals with toys.

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