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Drexel: Restaurant Meals Have a Day's Worth of Calories, Salt, and Saturated Fat

As obesity rates have risen, so too has household spending on food away from home, particularly restaurant food. Consumers tend to think of sit-down restaurants as offering healthier options than fast-food venues but there is little evidence to support that idea. In a new study of nutritional values for menu items at sit-down chain restaurants in the Philadelphia region, Drexel researchers determined the healthfulness of food in various menu categories, including the restaurants’ “healthy choice” offerings. They report that an average restaurant meal is not very healthy at all.