I thought this was interesting. Found this article today via The Consumerist
, from a TV station in Detroit. They went in to a couple restaurants and ordered the entrees marked as "healthy" or "diet" or whatever, then sent them off to a lab to get the cals/fat/carbs/protein ratios broken down. They then compared the results with what the menus and/or the restaurant websites state, and some of the results are pretty surprising... While a lot of the time the restaurant info is spot-on with the actual results, sometimes there are huge differences. Just goes to show we can't always trust other people to prepare our food just how we expect it to be prepared....
What's On The Menu?
at WXYZ Detroit - the complete website
Results of Lab Analysis
- a PDF file of the results from analysis vs. the company's stated nutritional information.
Just a couple of examples:
Chili's Guiltless Grill Salmon
Stated: cals 480, fat 14g
Lab results: cals 664, fat 35.5g
Applebee's Italian Chicken & Portobello Sandwich
Stated: cals 360, fat 6g
Lab results: cals 395, fat 18.6g
Taco Bell Fresco Bean Burrito
Stated: cals 330, fat 7g
Lab results: cals 449, fat 19.1g
If you want to know what's in your food, cook it yourself I guess!