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Should we eat out????

Monday, May 21, 2012

Check out this link about eating out. Please don't let it scare you and convince you that you should not eat out. Instead, look for the ideas that can help you make good choices.
The item that really caught my attention was the high level of sodium in entrees. I recently made what I though was a good choice at an Applebee's Restaurant. Calorie wise, protein, fat and carb wise, it was a good choice. However, it had more sodium than is a recommended daily amount.
I decided not to let it go. I found a contact email address and sent a letter expressing my concerns. I first got a reply saying that the email had been received and then a note that my concerns had been sent on to their nutritionists. Will it make a difference? I don't know. But if a lot of people let restaurants know that we want healthy food, maybe it will get better. Make change by making your voices heard.
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    Interesting article especially since DH and I have wondered if the reason our rings are tight in the morning is due to sodium. And it is especially noticeable after eating out the night before. However, we eat out very little these days. Good for you to send that email.
    2614 days ago
    I never really gave sodium a thought until my Dad had a heartattack. I am one of those people that salted their food before tasting it. I eat an awful lot of frozen dinners, Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Healthy Choice and sometimes Marie Callendar's. I know some people tell me that is bad so I now track my sodium and actually it is on the lower end. I know when I have Progresso soup or Marie Callendar dinners they do have quite a bit of salt but not over the RDA. Maybe we should write McDonalds and tell them to make healthier choices.
    2619 days ago
    I agree, good for you, not many people do voice their concerns and they don't realize that it is THEIR voices that need to be heard.
    When I was in college I did a few research papers on restaurant foods, how their servings are out of control, the calories, fat, carbs, all that, and that some foods offered had enough sodium to last a person two days. This is why it is so important that restaurants let you know the nutritional value ahead of time. Offering it online may be a step in the right direction, but it is not enough.
    2619 days ago
    good for you!, it is amazing what we eat without realizing it, more should speak up, it will make a difference
    2619 days ago
    Good for you, CarolJean!
    I eat out so rarely that this really isn't an issue for me, but I agree that sodium should be reduced in restaurant meals as well as in the packaged meals I may eat at home.

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    2619 days ago
    I think that as more and more people are requiring healthy options more are becoming available. I know that here, all we have to go out to eat is the local bars. They have all started serving Sweet Potatoes as fries and baked, as well as salads instead of french fries. True its not a huge change, but if you order a fish sammich and have the salad, that is one heck of a good meal... :-D
    2619 days ago
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