Updated: 5:47 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 | Posted: 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
By Mark Fisher
By the numbers
Study covered 21 national restaurant chains between 2006 and 2011. Lower calorie means 500 or fewer calories for a “center of the plate” item, such as a sandwich; 150 or fewer calories for a side dish; 50 or fewer calories for an 8-ounce beverage; 150 or fewer calories for an appetizer; and 150 or fewer calories for a dessert item.
Source: Hudson Institute
Restaurant chains analyzed: Applebee’s, Arby’s, Burger King, Carrabba’s, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, IHOP, Wendy’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Outback Steakhouse, On The Border Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Red Lobster, KFC, Chick-fil-A, Sonic