Nearly all entrees at chain restaurants fail USDA nutrition guidelines

The Los Angeles Times reports in its “Booster Shots” blog on a study appearing in Public Health Nutrition finding that “nearly all the entrees … reviewed at 245 US chains fail to meet federal guidelines.”

The “researchers looked at the nutritional content of 30,923 menu items, including those from children’s menus, from 245 brands of restaurants. They found that 96% of them failed to meet recommendations for the combination of calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat set by the US Department of Agriculture.”

They “also discovered that appetizers have more calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium than all other types of menu items.”

The story notes that “the US Food and Drug Administration is soon to publish final regulations that require chains with 20 or more locations to put calorie counts on menus and provide additional nutrition information on request.”

USA Today reports, “A whopping 96% of main entrees sold at top US chain eateries exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the US Department of Agriculture, reports the 18-month study conducted by the Rand Corp. and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”

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