Are You Watching Your Calories?

The Lempert Report
January 28, 2019

Then you have to hear this.

What might surprise you is that one of the most calorie laden sources of foods is not from the thousands of delicious products in supermarkets – nor is it from fast food - new research has found that it is our favorite chain restaurants that are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories.

The culprits are overly large portions and foods with excessive sugar and fats.

And its not limited to the restaurants here in the US. A US study measured calories in the most frequently ordered meals in 116 restaurants across five countries -- Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana and India -- comparing them against the United States.

Another UK study analyzed the calories in 13,500 main meals served in 27 UK restaurant chains, of which 21 were full-service restaurants and the remainder serving fast food. 

In the global study, only China was found to serve "significantly less calories than restaurants in the US."

Fast food, it concluded, contained on average 33% fewer calories than more formal restaurant meals.

The international study found an average of 809 calories in main meal dishes served by fast food chains and 1,317 calories in restaurant chains. 

Here in the US the numbers tell the story: 1,362 calories in US eateries, and 969 in fast food restaurants.