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.

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    Totally agree with you on this. Here in California, I think it's the law that nutrition info has to be posted either on a sign or in a paper menu for people to easily see. Wish it was the same everywhere, then we could really keep ourselves educated about what we're truly consuming. Way to go in checking out the facts for yourself. That's really too bad that it wasn't good news, but I guess the positive is that now you know, and knowing is half the battle!
    3426 days ago
    I agree! It is necessary for us to know what we are putting into our bodies.

    Who would have guessed that anyone would create a food item that would contain a whole days worth of sodium, more than a days worth of fat (not to mention the saturated fat issue) and almost the whole days calories. I never knew until I, too, began researching the food I ate out.

    I am so grateful to have a computer now and to be able to find out in advance when we go out to eat. I know what is available and what fits within my program both calorie wise and nutritionally. We can't make great choices if we don't have the facts!

    Thanks for sharing!
    3428 days ago
  • WALNUT5612
    It is amazing how many calories we can consumed in a brief period of time!!
    3434 days ago
  • CARMEL466
    It definitely is an eye opener when you read the facts. I believe someday the label will be on most foods but until then, we have to be very careful. Great blog! Thank you!
    3437 days ago
    I agree! You should not have to jump through hoops to figure out the nutritional value of your meal. Show us the calorie, grams of fat and sodium, etc. and let us make informed choices. Thanks for letting me vent!
    3437 days ago
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