Study: Restaurant items pack on unstated calories

07/19/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Foods served at sit-down restaurants and fast-food chains have significantly higher calorie content compared with what is indicated in their menus, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. Experts said that about 20% of restaurant-served foods tested had at least 100 more calories than indicated, which taken in daily could result in an extra 10 to 15 pounds annually. Sit-down restaurant items contained an extra 225 calories over what was reported, on average, while those of fast-food restaurants had an average of 134 more calories per item, researchers said.

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