How many calories are in your value meal?

By Lorrie Terry, Western Baptist dietitian

Would you eat less or make better choices if you knew how many calories were in your fast food meal?

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court recently cleared the way for national requirements about posting nutritional information at chain restaurants. It is believed having information such as calories, sodium levels and fat content displayed at the counter or on the menu will increase awareness and possibly healthier choices.

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published a study recently evaluating the real-life impact of menu labeling in King County, Washington, after new regulations were implemented. Researchers found some improvement, specifically evidence of a decrease in calories, saturated fat and sodium content after the implementation of menu regulations for items that were on the menu, according to the The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Until this happens nationally, scan the menu for the words below to help make healthier choices.

Fewer Calories and Less Fat

  • Baked
  • Grilled
  • Braised
  • Lightly sautéed
  • Broiled
  • Poached
  • Steamed

More Calories and Fat

  • Au gratin
  • Batter fried
  • Scalloped
  • Hollandaise
  • French-fried
  • Béarnaise
  • Crispy

More Sodium

  • Cured
  • Smoked
  • Teriyaki
  • Pickled

Send us your health and nutrition questions, and our team of dietitians will answer them in an upcoming blog.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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