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Fast-food meals contain over 30 percent of daily calories: survey

2011/12/30 17:47:14

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Most of the meals provided by fast-food restaurant chains in Taiwan contain more than 30 percent of therecommended daily calorie intake for the average person, accordingto the results of a survey published Friday by the Consumers'Foundation.

The foundation said that many of the set meals, which includecoke and fries, at nine fast-food chains including McDonald's, KFC, MOS Burger and three pizzerias, are high in calories.

For instance, nine of the 13 meals offered by MOS Burger eachcontain over 1,000 calories, which exceeds the recommended dailyamount for one individual, while seven McDonalds meals break the100-calorie mark.

The suggested calorie intake for women is 1,700 to 1,900 calories while for men, the figure is between 2,150 and 2,400,the survey cited the Department of Health (DOH) as saying.

Six Pizza Hut small pizzas tested, each with a roast chicken wing and a drumstick, all contain over 1,000 calories, according to the survey.

Two of the restaurants -- 21st Century Fast Casual Restaurant and Domino's Pizza -- did not provide complete nutritional facts about their products, the foundation said.

T.K.K. Fried Chicken was the only outlet that listed the total calories for each one-person set meal, and had under 1,000 caloriesper meal.

Currently, restaurants are not required to provide nutritional information. However, the New Taipei city government began a trialin August last year to promote the measure, under which food producers and fast-food restaurants are required to list nutritionalfacts. Those that fail to do so can be fined NT$20,000 (US$661) toNT$60,000.

Consumers' Foundation Secretary-General Chen Chih-yi expressed hope that other cities and counties can follow suit and that the central government will enact regulations requiring nutritional facts to be provided.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Kendra Lin)