Researchers find restaurant calorie counts are off - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Researchers find restaurant calorie counts are off by almost double

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If your New Year's resolution includes counting calories, new research suggests the food labels at many fast food and sit-down restaurants under cut the numbers by almost 20-percent. 

Researchers at Tufts University measured the calories in 29 meals from quick-serve and dine-in restaurants and counted the calories in several popular entres and compared it to the calorie count the restaurant has posted. They found the nutrition guides for eating out were actually about 20% more calories that what they said. This finding is actually not too alarming since the FDA allows for the calorie counts to be off by up to 20%. 

A bigger concern is that some restaurants included side dishes when you order, but did not include the total meal calories in the nutrition guide, which in some cases turned out to be double the calories listed.

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