Little Restaurants Pack Big Calories

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 29, 2014 · 0 comments

Chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Burger King and Applebee’s are often blamed for serving too many calories in an average meal. Smaller independent restaurants, that make up better than 50% of all restaurants in the US, are not subjected to regulations that require posting calorie information.

Researcher examined meals eaten at local, smaller restaurants – Chinese, Mexican, Greek and Italian. The meals served by these local eateries averaged 1,327 calories per meal, 6% more than typically served at a chain restaurant.

Bottom line: All restaurant meals are packed with calories whether it comes from a large chain or neighborhood place.

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