Calorie counts on menus: Are they helping? An update.

You know those calorie counts on restaurant menus? Well, they make a difference … but not much. A study found that the calorie counts on menus resulted in a consumer losing about one pound over the course of three years. The report, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that putting the calories on menus only reduced the average diner’s calorie intake by 44.9 calories per meal -- or just 3 percent. Seems diners ate fewer calories when it came to the appetizer and entrée courses when they saw the number of calories, but there was no difference in calories consumed when it came to drinks or dessert. (Market Watch)  

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