Fast stats for fast food

Brooklyn Currents | 11/17/2013 | 0 comments

The New York City  Department of Health -- the same folks who successfully spearheaded a city ban on trans-fats in restaurant food and unsuccessfully tried to limit the size of sugary drinks -- has launched "MenuStat," a free online directory of the  content -- nutritional and otherwise -- of restaurant food, particularly fast-food.

Here is the introduction on the MenuStat.org website:

pizzaFoods eaten away from home are a big part of the American diet, accounting for one third of caloric intake and almost half of the average household's food budget. As people eat out in greater numbers, there has been increasing interest in learning more about the nutritional content of foods consumed in restaurants across the United States.


By sharing restaurant nutrition information in a way that is easy to search and analyze, MenuStat provides a valuable resource for individuals and researchers interested in the nutritional content of restaurant foods and beverages. MenuStat is a free nutritional database of thousands of foods served by the nation's largest chain restaurants. It aggregates nutrition information posted on restaurant websites since 2012.


MenuStat was built by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with funding in part from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For questions, contact MenuStat@health.nyc.gov.



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