Is Counting Calories Unrealistic?

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By Molly Clifton

Putting information on calorie intake on menus may not help consumers make better food choices.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University divided more than a thousand diners into three categories: those who were told how many calories they should eat per day, those who were told how many calories they should eat per meal and those who were given no guidance.

They found no difference in the food selections between the three groups even though they knew the calorie content of the items on the menu.

The researchers conclude it may be unrealistic to expect people to count calories.

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