Calorie-counting might pay off when eating out

July 19, 2011 2:16:23 PM PDT
If you count calories when you eat out, your number-watching may not be in vain.

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds those menus listing calories are mostly accurate.

Researchers took their own calorie measures of some 269 food items at 42 randomly selected restaurants. The businesses were in Massachusetts, Arkansas and Indiana. They found the calorie contents were, on average, more or less as advertised.

But there were more discrepancies in sit-down restaurants than in fast food places.

The authors speculate it may be that sit-down restaurants don't manage portion size as precisely as fast food chains.

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