Healthier meal options may start popping up on more restaurant menus with the latest research showing healthy food items meaning healthier profits for the restaurant industry. Looking at top fast-food and sit-down chains, researchers found that those that increased the amount of reduced-calorie options they served had better sales growth, greater increases in customer traffic and stronger gains in total servings than their competitors who offered fewer lower-calorie options. In 17 of the 21 restaurant chains, lower-calorie foods and beverages outperformed other menu items. Dr. James Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hopes these findings will encourage other companies to make a shift in offering healthier menu items to meet the interests of consumers seeking a healthy lifestyle and the restaurants seeking a more profitable bottom line.

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