Food Calories on the Restaurant Menu?

Food Calorie Offenders Should be Exposed!

Many restaurants will soon have their draw dropping calorie counts exposed. The new health care bill, thanks to President Barack Obama, will require restaurants with 20 or more outlets to post calories on the menu. Some cities already require it, and one of those cities is New York City.

The other night I was out for dinner at Olive Garden in NYC, and saw on the menu, Fettuccine Alfredo. I love Fettuccine Alfredo, but, I thought better not, too many calories. Maybe I will get grilled shrimp caprese instead, a better choice. Then I noticed a set of numbers underneath the item, the calorie count. And the dish I wanted, Fettuccine Alfredo, was 460 calories less than what I thought the better choice would be, Grilled Shrimp Caprese, OMG, 460 calories less.

This was my first time at a restaurant that listed calories, and I started thinking of all those times I have made the wrong choices, weight and health wise, at restaurants that don't list out their calories.

When they first came out with this idea of listing calories on menus, I thought, "this is a stupid idea, another Government intrusion on our lives". Now I know it's about choice for us. So, how is not knowing what you are eating a better idea then knowing?

Here are some other astonishing restaurant meal offenders to watch out for:

  • The Sonic Supersonic Cheese burger has 898 calories and 52.6 grams of fat.
  • The Burger King Quad Stacker has 1010 calories and 70 grams of fat talk about a heart-attack waiting to happen!
  • The Wendy's Baconator triple has 830 calories and 35 grams of fat

So the question is, do you really want to know many calories you are consuming?

I would think so, because it is about making a knowledgeable choice, and right now most people have no idea how many calories are in the meals they are eating. Consumer advocates say it could be a powerful weapon against obesity, by simply allowing consumers to see how many calories they're eating when they eat out.

Right now, when hamburgers can range from 250 to over 1800 calories and even coffee drinks can range from 20 calories to 800 calories, and then there are salads that you would think would be the healthiest choice to make when eating out, turn out to be your worst calorie nightmare, it is time to post calories.

So you think that ordering a salad at a fast food restaurant is your best choice, think again! You need to beware of these high calorie, high fat, fast food calorie shockers:

  • Quiznos Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad with dressing has 1,070 calories and 71 grams of fat.
  • Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad has 850 calories and 45 grams of fat.
  • Wendy's BLT Salad with home style chicken fillet has 790 calories and 53 grams of fat.

Here are some fast food low calorie salad menu recommendations:

  • Quiznos's Pan Asian small chopped salad has only 270 calories.
  • Chili's Caribbean Salad with light dressing has 450 calories 24 grams of fat.

What do you think, should the calories be posted on all restaurant menus, not just the chain restaurants?

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One thought on “Food Calories on the Restaurant Menu?

  • August 2, 2010 at 11:18 am
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    Yes, I think it is a great idea to post calories on the menu. I went to a restaurant yesterday in NYC that posted the calories on the menu. I was going to get the spinach quiche which I thought was healthy, and would have a reasonable amount of calories, but I was wrong. The quiche was 700 calories which is definitely too high for breakfast, or any other meal, so I got the fruit bowl for 160 calories. I really think knowing the calorie amounts on foods could make a difference on our waist line.

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