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March 12, 2008

Hello!

I took the following article from one of my favorite websites: mercola.com

Please check out the site when you have a moment-it is loaded with great articles and information.

I am passing along this one in particular because I feel that most people do not know what goes on behind the scenes in the restaurant industry. I know it is next to impossible to avoid restaurants, and I don’t expect you to.

Please, just be aware of what you are eating, and try to eat at high quality restaurants. The last time I checked the menu at Wendy’s, they stated that their salads were “healthy”. The salads averaged 600-700 calories, 30-40 grams of fat, and more sodium than one should eat in one day. Healthy? Yikes.

16 Secrets the Restaurant Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know


Two Men’s Health columnists have uncovered some dirty little secrets that the restaurant industry would rather keep quiet. In some cases, the true contents of what’s put into your meals at restaurants (both fast-food and sit-down) are shocking. In others, the information could not even be drawn out of corporate employees.

How can a restaurant hide the nutritional facts of its food? Because of The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. This legislation says that fast-food and chain restaurants are not required to provide calorie, fat, or sodium information for any of their menu items unless they describe them as “low sodium” or “low fat.”

Not surprisingly, many of the restaurants took advantage of this protection and kept their nutrition facts to themselves. Here is just a sampling of the secrets the restaurant industry has been keeping (you can click the link below to find out all 16).

1. Arby’s “100 percent all-natural chicken” contains artificial flavoring, and its “all-natural smoothies” may contain high-fructose corn syrup.

2. An order of Aussie Cheese Fries at Outback Steakhouse has 2,900 calories.

3. Hooters wouldn’t disclose any nutritional facts about their food, but investigation revealed that its wing sauce contains partially hydrogenated margarine, maltodextrin, propylene glycol alginate, xanthan gum and other additives.

4. A medium-size fruit-and-yogurt smoothie from Dunkin’ Donuts has more than four times the sugar in a chocolate-frosted cake doughnut.

5. Pastries at Panera Bread contain synthetic food colorings that have been linked to irritability, restlessness, and sleep disturbance in children.

6. A large order of pasta at Maggiano’s contains two pounds of noodles.

7. The top four ingredients in Baskin Robbins’ Blue Raspberry Fruit Blast are Sierra Mist soda, water, sugar and corn syrup.

8. The French toast sticks at Burger King go into the same fryer as the pork sausage, pork fritters, Chicken Tenders, chicken fries, Big Fish patties, hash browns, onion rings, and Cheesy Tots — and all of these contain harmful trans fats.

The rest can be found at:

http://www.menshealth.com/16secrets/

Enjoy!

~Jeannette

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    March 25, 2008 5:14 pm

    As always, I can count on you for the details-tremendous information! I had an interesting response to McD’s last week – drove by one on my way home; I was starving and it occurred to me that I didn’t even consider the place a source of food. Guess I was right! Thanks for the blog. Kate

  2. Angel permalink
    April 2, 2008 7:28 am

    In today’s world, our bodies still require the complete balance of pure nutrients and energy provided by live whole foods. The modern demands of our fast-paced world have led to the processing of food to the point of non-nutrition.
    HealthyFoodsToday

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