Study: More Americans Choosing Healthy Menu Items - WBAY

Study: More Americans Choosing Healthy Menu Items


A new survey shows more Americans are choosing healthier menu items at restaurants.

But researchers emphasize that this shift in menu preferences is happening slowly.

The survey found that for 21 fast food and sit-down restaurant chains analyzed between 2006 and 2011, the ones that added more low-calorie menu items saw bigger increases in sales and customers.

Also, lower-calorie items made up a bigger percentage of what people ordered than they did in previous years.

The survey included restaurants like Red Lobster, Panera and McDonald's.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of moms who breastfeed is on the rise in the U.S.

Researchers say that's good news, since breast feeding has been shown to have many health benefits for baby and mom.

The CDC says between 2000 and 2008, the percentage of moms who breast fed--at least for a short time--rose from about 70 to more than 74 percent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moms exclusively breast feed for the first six months, and then breast feed along with giving solid food for the next six months.


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