Navigation Links
Nutritional quality at fast-food restaurants still needs improvement
Date:5/6/2013

San Diego, CA, May 7, 2013 More than 25 percent of American adults chow down on fast food two or more times each week. Known for menu items containing high amounts of fat, sugar, and salt, fast-food restaurants have contributed to America's poor diets and increased risk of diet-related chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes. A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents results from a 14-year study indicating that fast food restaurant menus have only modestly increased nutritious offerings, and much improvement is still needed.

"Despite qualitative evidence that the fast-food industry is making improvements to the nutritional quality of at least some of their menu items, a quantitative evaluation of trends in the nutritional quality of fast food available in the marketplace was lacking," says lead investigator Mary Hearst, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. "This is the first study to quantitatively evaluate whether fast-food restaurant chains have improved the nutritional quality of their U.S. menu offerings over a period of time during which they have been encouraged to do so by governmental and nongovernmental agencies."

Hearst and the study team set out to examine trends at eight fast-food restaurants using data from 1997/1998 to 2009/2010 culled from the University of Minnesota Nutrition Coordinating Center Food and Nutrient Database, which houses menus from 22 fast-food restaurants. The investigators selected eight restaurants:

  • McDonald's
  • Burger King
  • Wendy's
  • Taco Bell
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  • Arby's
  • Jack in the Box
  • Dairy Queen

Three criteria determined restaurant selection: Inclusion in the database since 1997; offering a defined set of menu items (i.e., not offering a kind
'/>"/>

Contact: Brianna Lee
eAJPM@ucsd.edu
858-534-9407
Elsevier Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Fertilizers could help tackle nutritional deficiency in African country, researchers say
2. Which nutritional factors help preserve muscle mass, strength and performance in seniors?
3. CRN assesses current state of scientific research for nutritional supplements
4. Fish oil added to yogurt may help consumers meet daily nutritional requirements
5. Air pollution diminishing air quality at Devils Postpile National Monument
6. NREL survey shows dramatic improvement in B100 biodiesel quality
7. Study explores long-term water quality trends in near-pristine streams
8. Biomass research collaboration seeks to improve biofuel efficiency, bio-products quality
9. New study indicates avocado consumption may be associated with better diet quality
10. Scientists discover structure of protein essential for quality control, nerve function
11. Study looks at gray seal impact on beach water quality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/20/2015)... , Mar. 19, 2015 Research and Markets ... "Iris Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report" report to ... for Iris Biometrics in US$ Thousands. The report provides separate ... Japan , Europe , ... , and Latin America . ...
(Date:3/17/2015)... 2015 Emotient, the leader in facial ... general availability of Emotient Analytics , the ... of facial expressions. The system analyzes videos of ... and services. It delivers audience response metrics - ... as derived from facial evidence of emotional states. ...
(Date:3/12/2015)... -- The mascots of the Atlantic Coast Conference spent ... Forest Baptist Medical Center. They stopped by as part ... Basketball Tournament. Young patients enjoyed bonding with their favorite ... Brenner Children,s Hospital is the pediatric arm ... hospital in northwest North Carolina ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Iris Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: System & Network Access Control - A Robust Market Opportunity in the Offing 2Iris Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: System & Network Access Control - A Robust Market Opportunity in the Offing 3Iris Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: System & Network Access Control - A Robust Market Opportunity in the Offing 4Iris Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: System & Network Access Control - A Robust Market Opportunity in the Offing 5New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 2New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 4
... rapid infant growth and to genetic predisposition to obesity, according ... (Monday). , The studies investigated how weight gain is linked ... (a reduced urge to eat in response to internal ,fullness, ... in response to the sight or smell of nice food). ...
... depressive symptoms and elevated levels of the ,stress hormone, cortisol ... depression than those who show neither trait, according to research ... published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... identified the first biomarker a biological signpost for ...
... be used to predict if individuals have breast cancer ... project. The results, which are published in EMBO ... specific types of non-coding RNAs can be used to ... also be used to classify cancer patients into subgroups ...
Cached Biology News:Why tackling appetite could hold the key to preventing childhood obesity 2First biological marker for major depression could enable better diagnosis and treatment 2First biological marker for major depression could enable better diagnosis and treatment 3First biological marker for major depression could enable better diagnosis and treatment 4Small non-coding RNAs could be warning signs of cancer 2
(Date:3/30/2015)... , March 30, 2015  Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: ... to the fostering and monetization of intellectual property, ...  Case No. 3:13-cv-03494-M and  Spherix v. Uniden , ... District Court for the Northern District of ... Spherix v. Verizon, Case No. 1:14-cv-00721-GBL-TCB, ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... , March 30, 2015  Naldemedine, an ... development by Shionogi & Co., Ltd., met its ... study (COMPOSE I) for the treatment of opioid-induced ... pain receiving opioid therapy. Study results showed that ... significantly improved the frequency of spontaneous bowel movement ...
(Date:3/29/2015)...  Caris Life Sciences® today announced the presentation ... the company,s panomic, comprehensive tumor profiling service, found ... and difficult to treat gynecological cancers may inform ... improve patient outcomes. These studies were presented today ... Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2015 Annual Meeting on Women,s ...
(Date:3/29/2015)... As a symbol of its commitment ... pharmaceutical manufacturing clients, Whitehouse Laboratories is excited to announce ... Race Team for the 2015 race season. Success on ... a strong sense of precision and attention to detail. ... in the quality control testing laboratory. Sponsorship of the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Spherix Provides Update on Litigation vs. VTech, Uniden and Verizon 2Spherix Provides Update on Litigation vs. VTech, Uniden and Verizon 3Shionogi & Co., Ltd. Announces That Naldemedine Meets Primary Endpoint In A Phase 3 Study For The Treatment Of Opioid-Induced Constipation 2Shionogi & Co., Ltd. Announces That Naldemedine Meets Primary Endpoint In A Phase 3 Study For The Treatment Of Opioid-Induced Constipation 3Caris Molecular Intelligence Facilitates Comparison of Biomarker Profiles to Inform Targeted Treatment Strategies in Distinct Gynecological Cancers 2Caris Molecular Intelligence Facilitates Comparison of Biomarker Profiles to Inform Targeted Treatment Strategies in Distinct Gynecological Cancers 3Caris Molecular Intelligence Facilitates Comparison of Biomarker Profiles to Inform Targeted Treatment Strategies in Distinct Gynecological Cancers 4Whitehouse Laboratories Reaffirms Commitment to Speedy Results – Renews Sponsorship of Berkenstock Racing Team 2
... VIEW, Calif., Jan. 26 Based on its ... & Sullivan recognizes ESBATech with the 2009 North ... Year Award for its work in developing antibody ... antibody fragment therapeutics addresses and overcomes many of ...
... (OTC Bulletin Board: PDAE) today announced that its Hereford ... under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code ... District of Texas. The company intends to sell its ... Section 363 sale process approved by the bankruptcy court. ...
... JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 23 Cordex Pharma, Inc., formerly known ... that it will host a scientific briefing on Thursday, January ... The keynote speaker will be Jonathan S. Stamler, MD, the ... a Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry at Duke ...
Cached Biology Technology:Frost & Sullivan Recognizes ESBATech's Innovation in Developing Antibody Fragments for Biologic Therapeutics 2Frost & Sullivan Recognizes ESBATech's Innovation in Developing Antibody Fragments for Biologic Therapeutics 3Frost & Sullivan Recognizes ESBATech's Innovation in Developing Antibody Fragments for Biologic Therapeutics 4Panda Ethanol's Hereford, Texas Subsidiary Files Voluntary Chapter 11 2Panda Ethanol's Hereford, Texas Subsidiary Files Voluntary Chapter 11 3Cordex Pharma Presents 'New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicines' on January 29 2Cordex Pharma Presents 'New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicines' on January 29 3Cordex Pharma Presents 'New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicines' on January 29 4Cordex Pharma Presents 'New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicines' on January 29 5