Despite Claims, Fast Food Isn’t Improving
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that shows that the calorie count of fast food meals hasn’t really changed in quite a while, despite the addition of salads to menus and the increasingly available nutritional information.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/despite-claims-fast-food-isnt-improving) notes, the study used data from a food and nutrient database that compiled data focusing on meals from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Arby’s, Jack in the Box, and Dairy Queen. All had been in the database since 1997. Despite such additional menu options as smoothies, apple slices, oatmeal, and grilled chicken, the average calorie counts within these eight major outlets changed little from 1997 through 2010.
As the article “Despite Claims, Fast Food Isn’t Improving” reports, the study noted a sharp increase in the variety of fast food. The researchers found a 53% spike in the number of menu items across the restaurants. It rose to 1,036 from 679. Salads rose to 51 from 11. In terms of entrees and beverages, there was no significant change in calories. Desserts and condiments showed gradual increases. Side items did have a reasonable drop in calorie counts, probably reflecting the rise in the number of salads offered.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes, in 2009 and 2010, the average lunch or dinner entree weighed in at 453 calories. The average side was 263. But, it’s important to keep in mind that with fast food—and eating out in general—calories add up fast. Dressings, sweet drinks, and additions like a slice of cheese on your burger can all raise the count significantly.
Of course, this article states that to maintain a healthy diet, eating fast food should be done in moderation, if at all. There is no shortage of studies that have linked fast food intake to weight gain. According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, calories are the key to managing weight. If a person burns more than they take in each day, they will lose weight, slowly but definitively. Of course, the only way to do that is to eat an appropriate amount of nutritious food, and to exercise. But, there are healthy ways to help the process through the use of supplements and food choices that can help spark your metabolism.
(SOURCE: Bauer, K., et al., “Energy Content of U.S. Fast-Food Restaurant Offerings: 14-Year Trends.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2012; 43: 490–497.)
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