20 Jul '11, 12pm

One in five dishes served at US restaurants has at least 100 more calories than advertised

WASHINGTON - NEARLY one in five dishes served at US restaurants has at least 100 more calories than advertised, a difference that could pack on up to 15kg per year, said a study on Tuesday. While most of the 269 foods measured at random in the three-state survey were close to the calorie count listed on the menus, some varied wildly, such as one order of chips and salsa totaling 1,000 more calories than expected. That finding, while 'not typical... is an amount that is nearly half the total daily energy requirement for most individuals,' said the study led by Lorien Urban of Tufts University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Salads, as well as high-carbohydrate dishes containing rice, beans, potatoes or bread, tended to have 'significantly more variability,' while sandwiches and meat dishes were more likely to remain near or below the advert...

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