Chains adding more low-cal menu items

Federal menu-labeling regulations may go into effect as soon as the end of the year, but chain restaurants are already ramping up the number of lower-calorie dishes they offer, according to Technomic Inc.

The industry research firm said Thursday its MenuMonitor online tracking tool has registered an increase in the number of dishes with 550 calories or fewer at restaurants, with new items coming from such chains as Mimi’s Café, Fazoli’s and Carl’s Jr.

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