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Articles April 2010 Issue

Extra Calories Counted in Restaurant and Packaged Foods

Can you trust the calorie counts on chain-restaurant menus and frozen supermarket meals? Tufts research - ers tested 29 restaurant dishes and 10 frozen dinners—all supposed to be among the lower-calorie choices at Boston-area eateries and groceries—and found the numbers often varied widely from reality. The restaurant selections averaged 18% more calories than claimed, while the frozen alternatives to eating out averaged 8% extra calories.

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