MIAMI (CBS4) – If you’re like me, there are few things you enjoy more than a good meal at a restaurant.

But a new study might make you think twice about eating at any of the big chains.

We already knew restaurant meals pack on the calories, but this is ridiculous.

The Rand Corporation study looked at two hundred and forty five restaurant chains and at the nutritional content of more than thirty thousand menu items.

It found almost all the entrees, ninety six per cent, exceeded U.S.D.A. limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat.

Appetizers were even worse, averaging eight hundred and thirteen calories.

So, if you have an appetizer, entree and dessert, your total calories in one meal will soar way past the recommended total calories for a whole day.

The study also found family restaurant meals have a lot more calories, fat and sodium than fast-food joints.

This is firing up those who advocate restaurants posting calories on their menus.

I’m all for the added information, but I’m getting depressed already, just thinking about how seeing caloric content will force me to have fruit instead of chocolate cake.


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