Counting calories in Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and other cuisines


How many calories do you get when you eat out? Researchers analyzed main dishes at independent and small-chain restaurants in Boston to find out. The average entrée (with sides) had roughly 1,300 calories, says Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “And that’s with no drink, appetizer, or dessert."