"Gosh, fast food is so much healthier these days!" said no one, ever, so you probably won't be shocked to find out that despite recent commercials with skinny people eating Burger King salads and McDonald's smoothies, overall chain restaurants aren’t any healthier.
In a University of California-Davis survey of 26,000 fast food and chain restaurant menu items from 2010- 2011 (when some establishments started labeling health information of menus) the average entree still clocks in at a whopping 670 calories and average sodium levels waffled from 1515-1500 milligrams of sodium, the full daily dose of sodium recommended by the American Heart Association in every item. Eight-two percent of adults eat in restaurants at least once a week and 11 percent of people's daily calories come from fast food.
Helen Wu of UC Davis warns, "Consumers need to be aware that when they step into a restaurant, they are playing a high-stakes game with their health." [Source]
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