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Listing Calorie Counts on Restaurant Menus Might Not Help Us Eat Healthier, According to New Research

Here’s why skimming past that calorie count can be a good decision.

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Reviewed by Dietitian Jessica Ball, M.S., RD

There’s something satisfying about whipping up a meal in your kitchen. Whether you enjoy choosing a recipe or getting experimental, cooking your own food is healthier for you, and it can support your overall well-being. But let’s be honest—it’s probably not realistic to cook every meal at home.

In fact, most Americans get more than a third of their caloric intake from foods and beverages that they enjoy outside of the home, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). (That makes sense—after all, sometimes you just need to swing by Starbucks for a Pedro Pascal-inspired six shots of espresso.) If you’re a regular restaurant-goer, you may have noticed that many coffee shops and eateries post calorie counts on their menus, usually right next

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