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Want Salad With That? Make It Fries

 Fast Food Salad
April 5, 2009
Fast-food chains have recently deflected criticism of their menu offerings by adding healthy items like salads.

But a paper soon to be released in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that the presence of healthy options on a menu can induce some diners to eat less healthily than they otherwise would.

“When you consider the healthy option, you say, well, I could have that option,” said Keith Wilcox, a doctoral candidate at Baruch College who is one of the paper’s four authors. “That lowers your guard, leading to self-indulgent behavior.”