For today’s busy parents, the ease of grabbing a few boxes of Kraft Lunchables and never giving lunch another thought, can be very enticing. But from a nutrition standpoint, Lunchables are (by far) one of the worst packaged products that directly target children. Case in point: Lunchables Kabobbles.
When most of us think of a kabob, we envision a nutritious combination of grilled meats, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. However, in true Lunchables fashion, Kabobbles only contain processed meats and cheeses, and are accompanied by sugary drinks and candy.
For example: the Chicken Popper Kabobble contains Oscar Mayer breaded chicken poppers, Kraft American cheese product, pretzel sticks, Hershey’s kisses, and a Fruit Punch Capri Sun. Looking at the nutrition information, the calories are actually pretty low at 350, but that’s only because of the small quantity of food provided.
Each package contains 6g of saturated fat and 540 mg of sodium, which according to the American Heart Association, is more than 1/3 of the daily needs for an 8-year-old child. Thanks to the candy and sugar-sweetened beverage, this product also contains a whopping 26g of sugar. That is more than DOUBLE the recommendation for an 8-year-old for the entire day. It also means that this product is more than 25% sugar, by weight. Yikes.
As for nutritional benefits, this product does contain 15g of protein (a nutrient most American children get plenty of) and about 15% of their daily need for calcium, but is not a significant source of any other beneficial nutrient. Most notably, the product contains less than 1g of fiber per package.
Just for fun, I thought I would also include the ingredient list which is so long, I had to take two separate screen shots to capture it all.
Bottom line: These products are not appropriate for children, and it is truly shameful that Kraft takes advantage of busy parents and impressionable kids by marketing them as such.