Noom recently conducted an analysis of every fast-food and restaurant chain in the United States, looking to see which salads had the most calories. The calorie data were compiled from Noom’s proprietary database, which contains more than 58,000 menu items from 900 restaurant chains.
More than 65 million consumers currently log their meals, snacks, drinks, exercise and calorie intake on Noom’s digital platform. As part of this analysis, Noom’s data scientists cross-referenced their food database with the most popular salads logged by Noom users.
Noom’s researchers discovered roughly a quarter of the most popular salads logged on Noom contain more calories than the average fast-food hamburger.
In many cases, salads served at chains touted as healthy options, like Chopt and Panera Bread, contained more calories than similar salads served at fast-food chains, like Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s.