Diabetes Forecast

Restaurant Meals Top Fast Food for Calories

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


“Fast-casual” restaurants such as Chipotle and Boston Market may imply they serve up fresher and healthier food than McDonald’s or Burger King, but on average, their main dishes are higher in calories. Researchers analyzed 3,193 lunch and dinner entrées from 34 fast-food restaurants (typical meals cost about $5, and there are often drive-throughs) and 28 fast-casual restaurants (meals run between $9 and $13, and there’s an emphasis on fresh ingredients). Calorie counts ranged from 308 (at White Castle, considered fast food) to 1,034 (at Boston Market). Overall, main dishes at the fast-casual establishments averaged about 200 calories higher than the fast-food meals. But the study didn’t show whether the type of restaurant actually affected overall calorie consumption.
Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online May 11, 2016

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