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June 2013 Issue

Posting Calories at Restaurants Found Successful

Showing the number of calories on restaurant food items can positively influence what people choose to eat, according to a recent study from Oklahoma State University, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. In the study, restaurant patrons ate from one of three menus over a two-week period: a standard menu without calorie information, a menu showing food items’ calorie counts, or a third menu with traffic lights representing calorie counts (green = foods under 400 calories, yellow = 401-800 calories, and red = 800+ calories).

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