Discovering the Facts
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I'm thinking that all restaurants should be made to post their nutrition facts prominently in a place where patrons can see in order to make an informed decision. Last night as I made my way home I realized how long it had been since I enjoyed a slice of pizza. I was used to getting a slice or two at Costco's so I decided to go home and research the nutrition facts so I could include it in my meal plan. Well, what I found almost floored me and my craving for pizza is gone.
Here are the facts for 1 slice of combo (meat & vegs): 775.04 calories; 37.7g fat; 72.89 carbs and 1736.24 mgs sodium. I didn't even bother to record the saturated and mono, etc. fats. This in itself was horrible.
So I thought that while I was online, I would check out the foods I might occasionally buy. Here is the Chicken Caesar Salad: 755.76 calories; 61g fat; 16.83 carbs; 1831.3 sodium.
The hot dog with all the toppings: 560 calories; 32g fat; 46 carbs and 1800 mg sodium.
The Chicken Bake, which I used to consider to be healthy: 927.21 calories; 51.68g fat; 80.09 carbs and 1960.87 mgs. sodium.
The Very Berry Smoothie: 200 calories; 0 fat; 49 carbs and 45 mgs sodium, and the churro: 240 calories; 14g fat; 24 carbs and 200 mgs. sodium.
Reading this was mind-boggling and I realized that in my case my past ignorance was not bliss because I was committing unconscious suicide by partaking mindlessly of their food. I feel more than blessed that my blood pressure and cholesterol are not impaired and I am not on any medication, but at the rate I was going, how long would it have been before all that changed. I heard recently that information is light and which goes along with another saying that knowledge is power, so I thought I'd share the information I found. I am not trying to point a finger at Costco, but to recognize the importance of knowing what's in the food that we are feeding to our bodies. I always complained how hard it was to lose weight. It's no longer a mystery. Eating the way I had been was not conducive to weight loss. Change was necessary and once again I say thanks to Spark People for facilitating that change.