Going out to eat? Not if you want to eat healthy

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Executive Producer - Josh Morgan

If you went out to a restaurant last night or maybe have plans tonight, there's a better than 9-in-10 chance that your entree will fail to meet federal nutrition recommendations for both adults and kids, according to a new study.

96 percent of main entrees sold at top U.S. chain eateries exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USA Today reports that its 18 month study looked at more than 30,000 menu items from 245 restaurant brands across the U.S.  Believe it or not, fast foods weren't the worst offenders.  Entrees at family-style restaurants on average have more calories, fat and sodium than fast-food restaurants.

This isn't just adult entrees, either.  In fact, just the drink in an average kids meal has 340 calories.

The group behind the study says the restaurant industry needs to make big changes to be part of the solution.

Many people eat out because they think eating at home is too expensive.  But a new study from the USDA says buying healthy food and cooking at home could actually lower your food bill.

Researchers found calculating the cost of healthy food by how much it weighs and the typical serving size, makes it more cost effective than unhealthy food.

That's because heavier fruits and vegetables, like potatoes, broccoli, and bananas, are going to keep you full longer than potato chips.  experts say frozen vegetables and fresh fruit were all found to be less expensive than soft drinks, ice cream, french fries and ground beef.

They also say one of the biggest mistakes that consumers make is that they only spend between 20 to 25 percent of their food budget on fruits and vegetables, when in reality they should probably be spending 40 percent.

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