Diabetes Forecast

Non-Chain Restaurants Still Not Healthy

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

Bridget Black/Mittera

Think you can lose weight simply by avoiding large chain restaurants and dining at independent eateries instead? Think again. Researchers measured the calorie counts in meals of the same cuisine at 56 chain and 171 non-chain restaurants in three U.S. cities. The non-chain restaurant meals averaged 1,205 calories, which is more than half of the recommended daily total for adult women and nearly half for men. That wasn’t much different from the calorie counts at the chains. In all, 92 percent of the meals from both restaurant types exceeded recommended calorie requirements for a single meal.
Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online Jan. 20, 2016



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