Many chain restaurants found to change their behavior in response to menu labeling mandate, and roll out lower calorie items

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Opting for newer items on the menu of your favorite chain restaurant may be the best choice if you are calorie conscious. A study published in JAMA Network Open that included nearly 60 of the largest US chain restaurants reveals that the menu items that were introduced after a calorie labeling policy was implemented (the law was enforced starting in May, 2018) had about 25% fewer calories than the already existing menu items.

Recent Harvard Bell Fellow Anna Grummon, PhD, is co-first author (along with Joshua Petimar, ScD), and Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliates Sara Bleich, PhD, and Jason Block, MD, are also authors of this original investigation. Learn more from this piece in U.S. News & World Report!