Salads are nice, but burgers are what really sell

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Don't laugh. Many Americans talk skinny but eat fat. Research shows that while 47 percent of Americans say they'd like restaurants to offer healthier items like salads, only 23 percent tend to order those foods.

Jonathan Ryfiak, a New York trapeze instructor, watches his diet at home but still orders comfort foods like french fries at the fast-food joint.

In a country where more than two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, food choices are often made on impulse.

That explains the popularity of KFC's Double Down -- bacon and cheese slapped between two slabs of fried chicken. It's the reason IHOP offers a Simple & Fit menu, but its top seller remains a 1,180-calorie breakfast sampler of, well, everything breakfast.

Many restaurants say healthier fare sells decently, but the burger and fries still rule.

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