KFC’s Li’l Bucket Makes a Big Sodium Splash

KFC’s Li’l Bucket Makes a Big Sodium SplashKentucky Fried Chicken’s parent corporation, Yum Brands! announced today it is adding a kids version of their iconic bucket, called the Li’l Bucket.

Unlike the astonishing shock and awe release that surrounded the KFC Double Down (bacon, cheese, and sauce murdered between two slabs of fried chicken), the Li’l Bucket Kids Meal is surprisingly benign.

One Li’l Bucket contains:

Now, this is certainly not what the MyPlate people had in mind when they put together recommended meal plans for kids of different ages – but, if consumed as a “sometimes food”, the bucket actually isn’t horrible, at least when compared to some other restaurants’ kids’ offerings.

(OK, in certain circles, water with two teaspoons of added sugar and squeezable applesauce may be considered horrible).

The nutrition breakdown on the Li’l Bucket Kids Meal is as follows:

  • 235 calories
  • 7 g fat
  • 1.5 g saturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 30 g carbohydrate
  • 585 mg sodium
  • 3 g dietary fiber
  • 12 g protein

While the Li’l Bucket meal won’t win any culinary awards or nutritious medals, it does fall on the less offensive side when compared to some of KFC’s adult offerings (for example, the pot pie with almost 800 calories and 2 days’ worth of saturated fat).

One of the biggest problem with feeding kids food like the Li’l Bucket has to do with the sodium, especially when you compare the sodium to calorie ratio.

According to the USDA, an active 4-5 year old needs 1,600 calories per day, meaning that this KFC meal only provides 15% of total calories.

There are no hard and fast guidelines about how much sodium kids should consume; but, if a child ate 7 Li’l Buckets to achieve 100% of his or her calories from KFC Li’l Buckets alone, after the parents are put away for child endangerment, the child would be left behind having consumed more than 4,000 mg sodium, likely more than twice what children should have in a day.

Now, if you’re in the mood for some really egregious kids menu items, check out the Worst Kids’ Fast Food Items from Men’s Health here (also featuring a KFC kids’ portion of popcorn chicken with 1500 mg sodium).

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