Ordering the small fries? You're part of a trend. iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com The Salt Chain Restaurants Boost Sales With Lower-Calorie Foods February 7, 2013 Who says healthy doesn't sell? McDonald's, Panera Bread and other restaurant chains that offered more lower-calorie food choices saw a 9 percent jump in food and beverage sales from 2006 to 2011, a new report finds. Restaurants without these options saw sales drop.