Chain Restaurants Significantly Underestimate The Calorie Counts Of Some Meals

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The calorie counts many restaurant chains are required to post often seriously understate the actual caloric value of food (via The Boston Globe).A new study from Tufts University researchers found that calorie postings for soups and salads were particularly inaccurate.

Samples from 20% of the 42 chain restaurants included in the study contained at least 100 calories more than the restaurants listed on their websites, according to the Globe.

On the other hand, the study found that restaurants also tended to overstate the number of calories in unhealthy foods, like pizza and meats.

The biggest discrepancy?

The chips and salsa at On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina. That dish measured more than 1,000 calories over the advertised amount, the Globe reported.

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