Monday, September 1, 2014

Adults Consume 200 Extra Calories Per Day When Eating Out At Full Service Or Fast Food Restaurants

From American Cancer Society, "Adults Take In 200 More Calories Per Day When They Eat Out" By Elizabeth Mendes:
When adults in the United States eat out, they are consuming around 200 extra calories per day. This increased intake occurs whether they eat at a full-service or fast-food restaurant.

These findings are from a new study led by American Cancer Society researcher Binh Nguyen, Ph.D., and published online Aug. 7 in the journal Public Health Nutrition. The authors analyzed nationally representative data from surveys of 12,528 adults aged 20 to 64, conducted from 2003 to 2010.

Not only are people taking in more calories when they dine out, but they are also consuming less nutritious food. Adults in the study who ate at a restaurant consumed more saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.