December 8, 2016

CDC Study: 57 Percent Check Calories in Fast Food Before Ordering

Fast food menu boards that give calorie counts for food and beverages options are meant to help people make healthier choices, but not evryone uses them. According to a new report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 57 percent of people surveyed said they check calorie counts on menu boards. Researchers surveyed 10,548 people in 17 states and asked them this question:  "When calorie information is available in the restaurant, how often does this information help you decide what to order?"  The response options were "always," "most of the time," "about half the time," "sometimes," and "never." About 11.9 percent said "always," 13.7 percent said "most of the time,"  8.8 percent said "about half the time. 22.8 percent said "sometimes" and 42.7 percent said … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Benches Mets First Baseman, Phillies Manager

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda and Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg say bad burgers from Shake Shack gave them food poisoning last week, according to ESPN.  Both men say the burgers they ate were undercooked. Sandberg says he lost six pounds in two days. Duda, who was hospitalized, missed a game Friday but has since recovered and returned to play. Thorough cooking is needed to kill foodborne bacteria such as E.coli or Salmonella which both cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can be bloody. Hospitalization is required when dehydration or complications develop. There is some dispute over which Shake Shack location was involved. The Mets organization is looking in to it. In a statement to ESPN, a Shake Shack spokesman said the company first heard of the … [Read more...]

Surprise! Most Americans Ignore Calorie Count of Fast Food Meals

Most Americans ignore calorie information posted at fast food restaurants, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Public Health. Only about one third of fast food diners read calorie information before ordering, researches found, raising questions about how calorie information can be presented in more effective ways. The research team, led by Holly Wethington, a behavioral scientist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included, epidemiologist Leah M. Maynard; Christine Haltiwanger, doctoral candidate from the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens; and Heidi M. Blanck, chief of the Obesity Prevention and … [Read more...]

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