Chain Food, Fewer Calories

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A survey of menu items at 66 large chain restaurants, about half of them fast-food places, has turned up some ways in which people can cut their calories. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, researcher Sara Bleich found newer items, including sandwiches and salads, generally had fewer calories than long-standing standard items.

Bleich says the difference is about 60 calories, and she says that’s a healthy difference.

“If you could get every person, when they went into a chain restaurant, to take in 60 fewer calories, then you’re potentially going a long way in addressing the excess calories that people eat in a daily basis that are contributing to obesity.”

The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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