While out at dinner I noticed some fine print under the food items I was looking at. When examining closer, I realized that these little numbers under eat food item were actually the calorie count! When I brought it to the attention of the table, only one other person had noticed it because the number were almost hidden.
While looking over the salads I was shocked at how many calories they could potentially be when you added all of the dressing. Some were over a 1,000 calories.
A recent poll by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy shows Californians are not able to identify healthy food items on restaurant menus. For the survey, researchers asked 523 registered California voters to identify which menu items contained the most calories, fewest calories, least salt and most fat among four dishes served by Denny’s, Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and McDonald’s. Sixty-eight percent of respondents answered all four questions wrong, 27 percent answered one question right and no respondents correctly answered all questions (source).
If you are health conscious then you will use these calorie counts to your benefit and order things that fit with your weight loss goals. Keep an eye out for restaurants that are adding this to their menu. You might be shocked by the numbers but they could save you hundreds of dollars in medical bills and clothes in the future!