BALTIMORE - The concept of ordering food online or using a smartphone app has made dinner easy. It can also make it more costly and less healthy.
A recent study from the University of Rochester evaluated 160,000 online orders to a North Carolina pizza shop over the course of four and a half years. Under the cloak of online anonymity came orders with higher costs and more calories.
The same online tools to load more toppings on a pizza can easily be used to customize a healthier meal.
Ordering online means requests to take off sauces, substitute healthier sides are less likely to get lost in the shuffle. Delivery food allows you the option to put half the portion in the refrigerator and eat is as leftovers.
It cuts calories and turns one meal into two.
Reporting by ABC News
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