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Nutritional value of meals at full-service restaurant chains.
J Nutr Educ Behav 2014; 46(1):75-81JN

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the nutritional value of meals at full-service national restaurant chains with outlets in the Philadelphia region in 2011.

METHODS

Chains were eligible if nutritional information for all menu items was on company Web pages or printed menus at Philadelphia outlets. Nutrient profiles were analyzed for 2,615 items from 21 eligible chains (out of 29) and compared with United States Department of Agriculture guidelines.

RESULTS

Adult meals (entree, side dish, and one-half appetizer) approximated 1,495 kcal, 28 g saturated fat, 3,512 mg sodium, and 11 g fiber; and rose to 2,020 kcal after including a beverage and one-half dessert. Better calorie and fat profiles were observed for entrees tagged "healthy choice" or aimed at seniors or children; however, sodium far exceeded recommended limits.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

Foods served at full-service restaurant chains are high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Standard definitions are needed for "healthy choice" tags and for entrees targeted to vulnerable age groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Electronic address: aha27@drexel.edu.Department of Nutrition Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24369812

Citation

Auchincloss, Amy H., et al. "Nutritional Value of Meals at Full-service Restaurant Chains." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol. 46, no. 1, 2014, pp. 75-81.
Auchincloss AH, Leonberg BL, Glanz K, et al. Nutritional value of meals at full-service restaurant chains. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46(1):75-81.
Auchincloss, A. H., Leonberg, B. L., Glanz, K., Bellitz, S., Ricchezza, A., & Jervis, A. (2014). Nutritional value of meals at full-service restaurant chains. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(1), pp. 75-81. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.008.
Auchincloss AH, et al. Nutritional Value of Meals at Full-service Restaurant Chains. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46(1):75-81. PubMed PMID: 24369812.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nutritional value of meals at full-service restaurant chains. AU - Auchincloss,Amy H, AU - Leonberg,Beth L, AU - Glanz,Karen, AU - Bellitz,Samantha, AU - Ricchezza,Andrew, AU - Jervis,Allison, PY - 2012/10/30/received PY - 2013/10/28/revised PY - 2013/10/29/accepted PY - 2013/12/28/entrez PY - 2013/12/29/pubmed PY - 2014/7/17/medline KW - dietary sodium KW - energy intake KW - nutrients KW - nutrition labeling KW - nutrition policy KW - restaurants SP - 75 EP - 81 JF - Journal of nutrition education and behavior JO - J Nutr Educ Behav VL - 46 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the nutritional value of meals at full-service national restaurant chains with outlets in the Philadelphia region in 2011. METHODS: Chains were eligible if nutritional information for all menu items was on company Web pages or printed menus at Philadelphia outlets. Nutrient profiles were analyzed for 2,615 items from 21 eligible chains (out of 29) and compared with United States Department of Agriculture guidelines. RESULTS: Adult meals (entree, side dish, and one-half appetizer) approximated 1,495 kcal, 28 g saturated fat, 3,512 mg sodium, and 11 g fiber; and rose to 2,020 kcal after including a beverage and one-half dessert. Better calorie and fat profiles were observed for entrees tagged "healthy choice" or aimed at seniors or children; however, sodium far exceeded recommended limits. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Foods served at full-service restaurant chains are high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Standard definitions are needed for "healthy choice" tags and for entrees targeted to vulnerable age groups. SN - 1878-2620 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24369812/Nutritional_value_of_meals_at_full_service_restaurant_chains_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1499-4046(13)00708-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -