Amusement parks, entertainment centers and theme parks around UK are a big hit for kids and families, yet a health warning has been issued after elevated levels of salt, protein, fat and sugar were found in the food available at such places.
The local government association has found that restaurants at theme parks and leisure centers offer food containing more than the recommended amount of fat.
The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Agency evaluated the food available at 220 such centers- wildlife parks, leisure centers, amusement parks, and farms. Shockingly, none of the food served were according to the stipulations of the School Food Trust (SFT) for a healthy diet. This was evident in foods such as chips, hot dogs and burgers which contained high level of fats, salts and sugars.
As per the guidelines of the SFT, not more than six grams of saturated fat is permissible in the lunch of seven to 10 year old children. Yet, food from such places was found to contain as much as 42 g of saturated fat, which is 600% more than the permissible level.
Surprised with these findings, Gary Henderson, Head of Commercial Development said, "their primary responsibility is to provide a fun and enjoyable day out, and as such to allow our guests to take nutritional responsibility for their own food choices."
The report has requested for healthier options on the menu and has advised restaurants to completely do away with fried food options on the menu.