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Fast-food Menus Still Unhealthy

Although fast-food restaurants have made an effort to make their meals healthier by decreasing their size, the meals remain high in calories, sodium and fat, according to two studies. From 1996 to 2013, fast-food restaurants made an effort to emphasize portion sizes, but researchers recommend a focus on total calories, frequency of eating, number of items ordered, menu choices and energy-containing beverages. In the second study from 2000 to 2013, researchers found little evidence that fast-food restaurants were reformulating their products to become more consistent with dietary guidance to reduce sodium and saturated fat intake. Preventing Chronic Disease, Dec 2014