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How accurate are the calories listed at restaurants

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I just heard on tv that restaurants will soon have to list the calorie counts of their meals. However, they did research on many restaurants that already list and found out that the numbers were wrong a lot of the time (more for sit down than fast food). One meal was actually over by 400 calories. So I guess we take those numbers as sort of a guide and not a fact. We don't eat out much so this doesn't effect me much. I was shocked about a year ago when I found out the calorie count of some of the meals I had eaten out. The cost in such high calorie counts really aren't worth it to me.
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    There is one restaurant that used to be our favorite go to place, but not since we've learned that just about every entree they serve is about a days worth of calories +

    The last time we ate there was when we were traveling. We decided that we didn't really care to eat their anymore, and that the calorie counts aren't at all worth it. Even their salads are horrific in calories. I know a place wants to make their foods taste good. But it surely isn't necessary to make the calorie counts so horrible like that!!
    1889 days ago
    Sometimes it's the difference between what supplier a restaurant uses. One say...Red Lobster in New York may have a different supplier as the one in California. A cook may also get heavier on a certain ingredient at one place then one at another location.

    1889 days ago
    When I'm feeling strong, I order a dinner size garden salad and add grilled chicken or shrimp, dressing on the side. I haven't felt strong in a long time.
    1889 days ago
    I 'm with you on this. I like to know what's going to my mouse. And don't like the guessing game of the foods or the calorie. I call it OPF. " Other People's Food.
    1889 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I agree. Some of those restaurant salads are 1000 calories. You have to watch what you eat..and will those counts be accurate?
    1889 days ago
    I also order "everything on the side" and then I can see how much dressing, how many nuts, how much pasta, etc is in the dish.
    1890 days ago
    I'm not surprised for 2 reasons. One is that people reading calorie counts which often includes the amt of fat, are health/weight conscious and the restaurant has a self-serving reason to post a lower number. The other possibility is that sit-down restaurants have less control over the preparation of the food. How much oil, dressing... did the cook actually use etc. How much pasta is really on that plate?

    In a fast food place with pre-weighed, pre-measured ingredients, the information is more stable. Not that I'm recommending fast food.
    1890 days ago
    I am RIGHT there with you! My husband loves to eat out and I've had to curtail it because the meals, too often, are so loaded with nonsense calories. I've learned to "Frankenstein" order my food. It's even more of a challenge now that I'm a Vegan in training. When I say Frankenstein - I take a little of this and a little of that and mix it together on my own. For example, plain oatmeal, no milk, side order of raisins and applesauce and mix it together when I'm served. This, of course, is much easier to do in certain situation than in others. For lunch and dinner, I try to custom order salads.

    Good luck - restaurants can be very frustrating. They are a reflection of why our society is so obese. Pat
    1890 days ago
    I am actually far fro surprised at what they found! We rarely eat out, really have not in many years for the fact it is expensive and we have always said we can cook so much better at home. When we end up having to eat out for one reason or another, we frequently split a meal, and often try to order something cooked fairly simple and without sauces. We always substitute things like french fries, and bread with vegetables, salad or fruit. If they will not substitute, we just do not eat it!
    1890 days ago
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