A new study reports that most restaurants serve meals that exceed the recommended calorie limit for a single meal, and this is without including the entrée, drinks, appetizers and desserts that usually go with a meal.
American, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese meals offered at restaurants were included in the study, which found a single restaurant meal averaged over 1,200 calories, double the approximately 600 calories that experts recommend a person should consume at lunch or dinner.
American, Chinese and Italian fare topped the list with an average 1,495 calories per meal.
To meet the recommended daily intake of between 2,000 to 2,500 calories for adults, experts say consumers should take charge of their health by demanding restaurants customize their portions and menu items. They could also try eating out less often, ordering from the soups and salads section, sharing meals or ordering kids’ meals at fast-food outlets.