Restaurant menus may understate calorie counts, study shows

07/19/2011 | USA Today · CNN

Restaurant calorie counts often vary by 10 or so one way or the other, and sometimes they're off by 273 calories or more, according to research from Tufts University, which analyzed 269 dishes from 42 chain restaurants. Dishes at sit-down eateries were more likely to vary widely while quickservice foods were most often much closer. Some restaurants responded, including Chipotle, saying seasonality of ingredients and cooking from scratch could affect calorie counts, and Olive Garden, which said its posted calorie counts "are as accurate as they can be for dishes that are individually crafted by hand."

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