Beware of Counting Calories When Eating Out!
Many restaurants have begun by revealing the calorie content of their meals and most are pretty accurate. However, some are outrageously off...which is VERY wrong and misleading.
A recent study reported by USA Today, Healthy Restaurant Dishes Pack More Calories Than Expected by Nanci Hellmich warns: if you're watching your weight and eat out frequently, proceed cautiously. That healthy soup, sandwich or entree may have 100 to 275 more calories than the restaurant says.
The study included 269 dishes from 42 popular fast food restaurants. Senior researcher Susan Roberts (PhD) of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston said, "The calories on your plate may be quite different from what you think you are getting, and the trouble is you can't tell."
The study found 50 dishes which contained 100 calories or more and 17 foods that had at least 273 more calories. Here are some dishes with even worse records:
P.F.Chang's Brown Rice lists 190 calories but is actually 477 calories (287 more than listed);
Pei Wei Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Brown Rice lists 860 calories but is actually 1217 calories (357 more);
On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina chips and salsa lists 430 calories but is actually about 1441 (about 1000 calories MORE! This meal was checked (measured) 4 times);
Hungry Howie's Pizza special pizza sub lists 1,212 calories but is actually 1,762 about 550 more calories.
Restaurants often play an important role in weight control because people get about 35% of their daily calories from eating out. If we can't completely trust the numbers on the menu, learn to trust that if we eat a diet of mainly fruits and veggies, we will never have to worry about counting calories!