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Consumer Reports tests validity of restaurant calorie counts

Consumer Reports tests validity of restaurant calorie counts

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New restaurant regulations that were supposed to require chains with more than 20 locations to list calorie counts on their menus are stalled. But many restaurants have already started disclosing that information anyway. Consumer Reports wanted to see whether restaurant-goers are getting a good count.

Consumer Reports chose 17 menu offerings at a dozen casual restaurants and fast-food chains and compared their nutritional claims with reality. They included restaurants such as IHOP, Red Lobster, Cheese Cake Factory, and McDonald’s.Consumer Reports bought food including fettuccine and French fries from three restaurant locations.

Back in the labs, testers ground the food to analyze it for calories and fat. Not all the offerings tested from Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse measured up.

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