It’s not just fast food chains that are getting the bad rap when it comes to excessive calorie counts. A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that 92% of restaurants, both chain and local, have more calories per meal than recommended for the average person. A whopping 1,205 calories, actually.
Portion sizes have reached out-of-control proportions in the past few years as a “big is always better” mentality blankets our society. The study puts the blame on those portion sizes and our biological mechanisms, which tell us to eat all of the food in front of us as a way of survival.
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The study's senior author Susan Roberts dissects the information by stating, “Our biology is designed to make us eat when there’s food there,” she says. “I don’t think anybody should feel bad that they get weak when there’s an excessive portion in front of them, because the problem is the excessive portion, not them.”
Roberts even states that posting the calories on their menus won’t even help because our biology will always tell us to eat something if it’s right in front of us. Her suggestion is to give the option of ordering smaller portions of those same meals to give patrons a fighting chance of hitting their daily calorie intake.
Tell us: Do you think restaurants should be held accountable for giving us obscenely large portion sizes?
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