So you thought the salads, the wraps, and reduced calorie fries are turning fast food joints into nutritious dining options? That is not the case, according to a recent report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
Industry marketing and pledges may create a misleading perception that restaurant menus are becoming substantially healthier, but both healthy and unhealthy menu changes can occur simultaneously. Our study found no meaningful changes overall across a 1-year time period. Longer-term studies are needed to track changes over time, particularly after the federal menu labeling law is implemented. Read more…
The researchers looked at only 2 parameters – calories and sodium. The average calorie count did not change and stayed at 670. Sodium dropped from 1515 to 1500mg per serving. Note that the recommended daily maximum for sodium is 2300mg.
So what are the new unhealthy options that are countering the salads?
You’ll notice 2 types of messages coming from fast food establishments: the cheap tasty fun food pitch, and the healthy choices pitch. Which one do you think resonates more with the public?