Restaurants don't always provide accurate calorie counts

Calorie counters, beware--if you're dining out regularly, you may be consuming more than you bargained for. A team of scientists purchased items from 42 fast-food and sit-down eateries in Indiana, Arkansas and Massachusetts, including Burger King, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLENT000212" title="Olive Garden" href="/topic/business/tourism-leisure-industry/restaurant-catering-industry/olive-garden-PLENT000212.topic">Olive Garden</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP011589" title="Bloomin' Brands, Inc." href="/topic/business/bloomin-brands-inc.-ORCRP011589.topic">Outback Steakhouse</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLENT000009" title="McDonald's" href="/topic/lifestyle-leisure/dining-drinking/mcdonalds-PLENT000009.topic">McDonald's</a>, then measured the calories they contained. Their study found that about 20% of meals packed at least 100 more calories than indicated on the menu, while some sit-down restaurant foods were off by as much as 225 calories.

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Calorie counters, beware--if you're dining out regularly, you may be consuming more than you bargained for. A team of scientists purchased items from 42 fast-food and sit-down eateries in Indiana, Arkansas and Massachusetts, including Burger King, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and McDonald's, then measured the calories they contained. Their study found that about 20% of meals packed at least 100 more calories than indicated on the menu, while some sit-down restaurant foods were off by as much as 225 calories.

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