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Chain Restaurants Cutting Calories, Study Says


On average chain restaurants across the U.S. are cutting calories, according to research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School  of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, surveyed menu items from 66 of the nation's top 100 restaurants in 2012 and 2013.
Newer, lower calorie items were found to contain an average of 60 fewer calories than other menu items. Sara Bleich, lead  author of the study, says that it's an excess of fewer than 200 calories a day that contributes to obesity.
"This study verifies that restaurants and chefs have made significant progress in creating new menu offerings that are both innovative and nutritious," said Joan McGlockton, vice president  of industry affairs and food policy at the National Restaurant Association, in a statement.

Bleich adds that a federal rule to expand calorie-posting nationwide is likely responsible for chains cutting calories.