Study: fast food calorie content has steadily increased over the past 30 years

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(Tara Law) — The calorie content at the most popular U.S. fast food restaurants has shot up over the past three decades, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, compared food at 10 fast food restaurants: Arby’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Dairy Queen, Hardee’s, Jack in the Box, KFC, Long John Silver’s, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

The study looked at the restaurants’ food in 1986, 1991 and 2016.

Researchers found that, on average, the calorie content of entrees went up by 30 calories a decade, while the calorie content of desserts went up by 62 calories a decade. Menu items also had a major increase in sodium content – about a 4.6% daily value increase per decade for entrees, the study said. (…)

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