The Truth About Restaurant
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By now it is probably clear to
most consumers that eating out is not the healthiest choice. Yet, all the
marketing hype projected by restaurants can sound quite convincing. Restaurants
and fast food chains are pitching everything from fat free, no carbs, low
calories, high fiber and other specialty menu items.
Many even make specific promises about their food choices by providing
nutritional information guides and even list macronutrient details right on
their menus. Such details have been welcomed by millions of consumers who are
watching their waist line. Unfortunately, even if you adhere to ordering from
these “healthy” menu offerings, you may still find yourself struggling to lose
There may be a legitimate reason for this struggle; it’s been discovered that
many of these so-called healthy menus are providing misleading information. A
recent Scripps Television Station investigation revealed very disheartening
results. The investigation uncovered huge discrepancies.
Both restaurant chains and fast food establishments were tested in the
investigation. While some food menu items matched their published nutrition
details or came close, others had variances such as twice as many calories or
eight times as many fat grams. Yikes! That means while you might have counted
that meal you ate out last night as only 500 calories, in reality it might have
been a whopping 1,000 calories!
So, if you rely on self-published macronutrients from restaurants, you may be
severely sabotaging your diet. Does this mean you must cook every meal you
consume, seven days per week? No! This investigation’s evidence is just a
reminder that YOU must always take full responsibility for understanding what is
going in your mouth.
Rather than relying on caloric and fat information provided by restaurants, just
stick with these tips when dining out:
• Start your meal with a salad that ONLY consists of veggies. Have your salad
dressing on the side and try to use only 3 to 4 spoonfuls of it on your salad.
• Order your meals steamed, grilled or broiled.
• Avoid items that are fried or sautéed.
• When your server brings your meal to you. Ask that half of it already be
placed in a to-go bag. Then save that portion for another day.
• Ask that side veggies be steamed with no added butter or sauces.
• Choose beverages without sugar or sugar substitutes. Try water with lemon
slices, unsweetened tea or caffeine free coffee.
• Skip the bread bowl.
• Don’t order appetizers in addition to an entrée.
• Share a meal with a friend.
• For sandwiches, ask for whole wheat bread.
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