I am not sure about the rest of the world, but studies show that the average American eats out (going to a restaurant or going through a fast-food drive thru) about 3 times per week.
Get this: there are about 12% of Americans who eat out at least 7 times per week! (And we wonder why we put on pounds!)
Slowly, restaurants are starting to offer nutritional information to the public, so people know exactly what they are eating.
A new study, recently released by the American Medical Association, investigated a bunch of fast-food and chain restaurants in the US, and realized that many of them are actually giving TOO low of a calorie count for many appetizers and entrees!
And, even worse, the study shows this happens to some of the supposedly healthiest options on the menu…like salads and soups!
They both contain MORE calories and were more likely to be counted incorrectly for other things, like carbs and fat…this is NOT what you want from your salad!
A full 20% of the restaurants tested were off the correct calorie count by at least 100 calories or more!
The good news is that 60% of the restaurants tested were correct – there was a 20 calorie margin-or-error that the 60% of restaurants met.
What Does This Mean For Me?
I know you don’t want to blow your Cabbage Soup efforts, so you need to be careful when you head out for a night on the town!
Ask if the restaurant has their nutrition info listed…even semi-incorrect info is better than being clueless about what you’re eating!
As always, stay away from anything fried or covered in gravy….you know that’s not healthy even without nutrition info listed! Anything grilled is a better choice. So is ordered vegetables on the side instead of French fries…heck, even rice is a better, more filling choice than fries!
Also, if you are going to go all-out and choose whatever you want (and you should treat yourself once in a while) then portion control is your best bet. Ask the waiter to bring just HALF your portion on a plate, and box up the other half…that way you feel like you’ve cleaned your plate and are full and satisfied.
What is your favorite restaurant, and do they print the nutritional info for you? Is this something you worry about at a restaurant anyway? WOULD you look if ALL restaurants had to list their information?
Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
Til next time,