We don’t eat out that often anymore. Not that I don’t like to. It’s just that I’ve been making a concerted effort to spend more time cooking at home. There are dangers in eating out at restaurants that we all need to be aware of. First and foremost is the insane calorie count. In 2009, California enacted a law that requires restaurants to post nutritional information, including calories on their menus. Unfortunately, not all restaurants still comply. I checked out the calories for a tempting burger I was salivating for and my eyes almost popped out of my head. No wonder so many of us are fat.
The dangers of eating out in America and what to beware of
As Baby Boomers, we have to be especially careful about how much we consume. Even though we’d like to think so, we’re not teenagers anymore and our metabolisms have come to a screeching halt.
Take a look at the calories in this beef rib dinner from a popular restaurant chain in Los Angeles. YIKES! I’m not talking about McDonald’s or another fast food restaurant. This place has waitresses.
Get a load of the sodium count. Sheesh!
You may think a salad is safe, but take a look at this list from another restaurant chain.
Women over 50 are often told to eat only 1200 calories per day if they’re trying to lose weight. One Wiqui Wiqui BBQ Chicken Salad is more than you should eat in one meal. The menus listed above are extreme, but you still have to be careful when you eat out.
Many times I order chicken or fish tacos a la carte because they make a light meal and have a reasonable amount of calories.
Spain has it right. They eat tapas, which are nibbles served on small plates. It’s always a good idea to keep your meal within the confines of a salad plate vs a dinner plate. That way you can control your portions and still be President of the Clean Plate Club.
I hope California continues to enforce the law that requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts. It’s so important that we know what we’re putting in our bodies, especially for children. Let’s hope other states follow suit. We’re all starting to see the results of too much convenience and not enough activity. As they say in the cartoon Madagascar, You got to “Move it! Move it! We also need to put on our reading glasses at restaurants so we can read the fine print.
Have you checked the calorie count in your favorite restaurant yet? Tell us your horror stories. Please leave a comment below.