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Restaurants, Food Companies Significantly Under-report Calories Of Side Dishes, Entrees

January 6, 2010: 05:57 PM EST
After checking the calories of side dishes and entrees from U.S. sit-down chain restaurants, fast food restaurants and supermarket frozen meals, researchers reported that the average stated calorie content was 18 percent less than what scientific analysis found. Two side dishes, the researchers said, surpassed restaurant calorie claims by almost 200 percent. On average, the calorie info of packaged food companies was eight percent less than what the researchers found. “If people use published calorie contents for weight control, discrepancies of this magnitude could result in weight gain of many pounds a year,” one researcher said.
Lorien E. Urban, Gerard E. Dallal, et al., "The Accuracy of State Energy Contents of Reduced-Energy, Commercially Prepared Foods", Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 06, 2010, © American Dietetic Association
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