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October 19, 2011

Restaurant Foods and Stated Energy Contents

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: National Restaurant Association, Washington, DC (

JAMA. 2011;306(15):1655-1657. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1492

To the Editor: Dr Urban and colleagues1 assessed the accuracy of stated energy contents of restaurant foods by conducting a multisite study purchasing randomly selected food items from quick-service and sit-down restaurants in 3 states. The stated energy contents were not significantly different from the measured energy contents overall. However, Urban et al did not follow standard sampling procedures, which may have resulted in the variability found in 19% of the food items analyzed.