Despite more ‘healthy’ options, little change in fast-food calorie counts

Nov. 29, 2012, HealthDay

By Barbara Bronson Gray

You’d like a salad? Want some fries with that?

A new study shows that providing more menu options on a fast-food menu doesn’t mean the average diner chows down fewer calories.

Researchers found that although there has been a 53 percent increase in the total number of menu offerings over the last 14 years, the average calorie content of foods sold by eight of the major U.S. fast-food chains has not changed much. Continue reading

Kids pick nutritional Happy Meal when no toy offered with less healthy option: Study

Aug. 12, 2012, Global News

By Sheryl Ubelacker

Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries, and a pop, a study has found.

Canadian researchers set out to see which McDonald’s Happy Meals that kids age 6 to 12 would choose when toys were included with healthier menu combinations, but not with standard offerings that are typically higher in fat and salt. Continue reading