Study: Calorie counts off at chains, frozen meals

Ruby Tuesday, Wendy's calorie counts listed as 18 percent less than they really are?


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Michael Hill
January 7, 2010 10:54PM (UTC)

A new study says food at popular chain restaurants and in the frozen food aisles can be more fattening than advertised.

A study of meals from 10 restaurant chains including Ruby Tuesday and Wendy's found calorie counts averaging 18 percent more than the values listed by the restaurants.

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Diet meals made by Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, Healthy Choice and others averaged 8 percent higher than the numbers on the label.

The study was led by Susan Roberts, a professor of nutrition at Tufts University, and published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Roberts says the study "raises a big issue" and that posting calories for consumers is only useful if the numbers are right.


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