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Due processed: rating kids' food.

What do Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Wheat cereal, Weight Watchers Microwave Popcorn, Healthy Choice frozen Macaroni and Cheese, and Ore-Ida Crinkle Fries have in common?

They're among the "best" processed foods that are widely consumed by---or marketed to--children, according to a group of 11 experts in heart disease, cancer, hypertension, dentistry, toxicology, pediatrics, and nutrition education.

The Committee on Children's Processed Foods, which was convened by CSPI, evaluated thousands of brandname foods for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, fiber, and additives.

Its goal was to set standards that would encourage the food industry to produce healthier children's foods.

To earn a "Best" (*) rating, a food had to meet more than a half-dozen criteria. Among them:

* Fat. No more than 30 percent of calories or three grams per serving.

* Saturated fat. No more than ten percent of calories or one gram per serving.

* Sodium. No more than two milligrams per calorie or 140 mg per serving.

* Added sugar. No more than 20 percent of calories or four grams per serving.

* Food safety. No artificial colorings, aspartame, BHA, BHT, caffeine, MSG, HVP, saccharin, sodium nitrite, or sulrites.

About 100 foods qualified. Not a single cookie, frozen dinner or dessert, fast-food meal, granola bar, hot dog, or luncheon meat was among them. For those categories, the committee offered parents a list of .foods that were either "Second Best" (**) or, if there were none, "Best of a Bad Lot" (***).

Here are some of the 19 food categories that the committee looked at. (Adults take note: You don't have to prove you're a kid before you can buy these foods.)

The committee was headed by Marion Nestle of New York University. It included Gladys Block of the University of California at Berkeley, Peter O. Kwiterovich of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Gerald S. Berenson of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

For a copy of the committee's 18-page report, send $5.00 to: CSPI--Kids' Food Report, Suite 300, 1875 Connecticut Ave. N.W, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Breakfast Cereals
 * Alpen (no salt or sugar added)
 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Wheat
 Old Fashioned or Quick Oats
 Post Grape-Nuts
 ** Cheerios, Kix, Total, or Wheaties
 Kellogg's Bran Flakes
 Nabisco Shredded Wheat
 Ralston High Fiber Hot
 Regular or Quick Cream of Wheat
 * None
 ** None
 *** Archway Molasses
 Barbara's Bakery Oatmeal Raisin
 Frookies Fat Free +, Fruitins +, or Animal
 Health Valley Fat-Free Fruit Centers+,
 Fat-Free +, or Fat-Free Fruit Jumbos +
 Heaven Scent+
 Natures Warehouse No Fat Added+,
 Carob Fudge, or Cinnamon Nut
 New Morning Grahams
 Pepperidge Farm Wholesome Choice Carrot
 Small World Animal Crackers
 Westbrae Natural DinoSnaps
 Luncheon Meats
 * None
 ** None
 *** Butterball Roasted Turkey Breast
 Eckrich Lite Roasted Turkey Breast
 Mr. Turkey Turkey Breast
 Weaver Turkey Breast
 * Rice-Crust Soy Cheese
 Soypreme French Bread Garden
 Patch or Whole Wheat Cheese
 Special Delivery Soya Kaas or Cheese
 Tree Tavern Pizsoy
 ** Au Naturel French Bread Garden
 McCain Ellio's Healthy Slices+
 Rice-Crust Italian Cheeses
 Tombstone Light Vegetable 8"
 Totino's Pan Three Cheese
 Chips, Pretzels,
 * Arrowhead Mills
 Blue or Yellow
 Corn Curls (unsalted)
 Baja Bakery Rice & Bean Light Tortilla
 Guiltless Gourmet No Oil Tortilla Chips+
 Skinny's Corn Chips+
 Weight Watchers Microwave Popcorn
 unsalted pretzels, all brands
 ** Doritos Light Nacho Tortilla Chips
+ = entire line
1 except Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist
2 except Vanilla
3 except White Chocolate Almond, Pralines &
 Pecans, Espresso Mocha Almond Chip, Mint
 Carob Almond, and Butter Pecan
4 except Mocha Almond Fudge and Mint
 Chocolate Chip

 * Campbell's Split Pea, Chicken with
 Noodles, or Tomato (all Low Sodium)
 Hain Split Pea No Salt
 Pritikin Split Pea, Lentil, Minestrone, or
 Spice Hunter Quick & Natural+
 ** Pritikin Chicken Vegetable,
 Tomato, Chicken with Pasta, or
 Chicken Gumbo
 Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato
 Hot Dogs
 * None
 ** None
 *** Healthy Choice jumbo
 Hormel Light & Lean
 97% Fat Free
 LightLife Smart Dogs
 Oscar Meyer Healthy
 Yves Tofu Wieners
 Frozen Desserts
 * None
 ** None
 *** Ben & Jerry's
 Banana Strawberry,
 Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate, or Raspberry
 Frozen Yogurt
 Colombo Shoppe Style Frozen Yogurt+t
 Healthy Choice Butter Pecan Crunch, Chocolate,
 Coffee Toffee Crunch, Double Fudge Swirl, or
 Light N' Lively Coffee Ice Milk
 Sealtest Free Frozen Dessert+2
 Stars Nonfat Frozen Yogurt+3
 Stonyfield Farms Frozen Yogurt+4
 Sweet 'N Low Peach Swirl Frozen Yogurt
 Weight Watchers Fat Free Chocolate or
 Chocolate Swirl
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Title Annotation:nutritional aspects
Author:Jones, Lorraine
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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