Study: Listing Time Needed to Burn Calories Helps Cut Down on Junk Food

Created: 04/24/2013 3:33 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

You’ve probably noticed that many fast food restaurants now list the calories count of their menu items, but a new study suggests that listing the amount of time it takes to burn off those calories is a better idea.

Researchers at Texas Christian University found that when consumers are aware of the number of minutes they’d have to exercise to work off the calories they are eating they order lower-calorie options.

Research participants who ordered off the activity-labeled menu ordered 139 fewer calories than those who chose from a calorie-based menu.