Do you know that most adults should eat less than 2,000 calories a day? Sounds like a lot, until you consider that if you eat out, you can get your entire days worth in one meal. Here are some amazing facts (chosen at random):
At Burger King - a triple whopper with cheese has 1,230 calories - add medium fries (360) and medium chocolate shake (690) and you are up to 2,280 calories!
The Cheesecake Factory brings you beer battered fish & chips at 2,160 calories, add a piece of Adam's Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Cheesecake (1,326) for a total of 3,486 calories!
How about Chicken & Biscuits instead, with 68 grams of saturated fat? Yes, that is more than four days worth of saturated fat (for a 2,000 a day diet, <16 grams a day is suggested).
Right now you can usually request the nutritional information at chain restaurants and someone will point you to or produce a pamphlet, but the information is not apparent. The idea of having those nutritional facts printed clearly on menus is meeting some serious resistance from the restaurant industry. I wonder why?
Public health advocates however are pushing hard to get this information in front of consumers hoping that people will make healthier choices when faced with the facts! The Senate supported a federal labeling law last month as part of comprehensive health-care reform, but we shall see what happens when it all comes to a vote.
Until then, it would be good to know when ordering - and passing on these facts to our teens who are likely to be eating out.