Fast-food restaurants are serving healthier options, although only marginally so, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.You may have known that changes were afoot in the fast-food restaurants most vilified by doctors for serving unhealthy fare. McDonald’s, Burger King and others now offer salad, fruit, and skim milk. The new offerings, advertised prominently, would make one think that a trip to the local burger joint is suddenly heart-healthy, and waistline-friendly.Not quite, said Mary Hearst, director of public health at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., lead author on the report.”The advertising of fast food restaurants has been emphasizing ‘healthy’ items, but there has been no data to support the claims,” she told LiveScience.The study found that the nutritional quality improved only somewhat between 1997 and 2010. Based on the Healthy Eating Index, a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal diet guidelines, the overall health quality of fast food was poor, the researchers found.In 2010, food items scored 48 points on average, out of a possible 100, an increase from 44 points in 1997.Supersize those fries and diet CokeSo, yes, you now can get a side salad. But along with… Read full this story
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