Fast food is getting worse for us

March 8, 2019

Despite the addition of some healthful menu items, fast food is even more unhealthy for you than it was 30 years ago. An analysis of the offerings at 10 of the most popular US fast-food restaurants in 1986, 1991, and 2016, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, demonstrates that fast-food entrees, sides, and desserts increased significantly in calories and sodium and entrees and desserts in portion size over time. It also shows that while the variety of entrée, sides, and dessert options soared by 226 percent, new or discontinued items tended to be less healthy than those available throughout the study period.”  An interesting, if somewhat discouraging study from a former Purdue colleague, Megan McCrory, now at Boston University.

Dr. D.