By Shira Scott, GalTime.com
I have to admit that when I go out to eat now, it's not only the dish and its ingredients that I check out. I definitely look for nutrition information on the menu. Should I order my favorite steak plate at 1050 calories or my second favorite at 575? More and more restaurants are including calorie counts. But can you trust them?
Researchers at Tufts University decided to find out. Are menu calorie counts a good way to help people monitor their intake in an effort to loose or maintain a healthy weight? With 34% of Americans now considered obese (2008) and restaurant foods providing 35% of daily energy intake for U.S. individuals (study), it's a good question.
Lorien Urban, Ph.D. and colleagues examined the calorie content for 269 items from 42 fast-food and sit-down restaurants in 3 states... and guess what? The stated calories on the menus were pretty accurate the majority of the time, according toRead More »from Can You Trust The Calorie Counts On Restaurant Menus?