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Calories, Sodium, Sat Fat Constant In Fast-Food Menu Items Since 1996

January 9, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
USDA researchers who compared menu items from popular fast-food chains from 1996 and 2013 report that average calories, sodium and saturated fat were relatively constant over the 17-year period. The only exception was a consistent drop in trans fat in French fries. The researchers said levels varied from chain to chain, but remained high in most of the menu items analyzed. It was especially true for menu items sold together as meals, “pushing the limits of what we should be eating to maintain a healthy weight and sodium intake”.
Lorien E. Urban et al., "Temporal Trends in Fast-Food Restaurant Energy, Sodium, Saturated Fat, and TransFat Content, United States, 1996–2013. ", Preventing Chronic Disease, January 09, 2015, © Urban et al.
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