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What do restaurants have to fear?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I knew I was going to Texas Roadhouse last night for dinner to support a local fundraiser. I figured I would go to their website and check the nutrition info so I could map out what I would have to eat. Why don't all restaurants have nutrition info available so we can make healthy choices? The only info I could find was on other (non restaurant) sites. I know that they all offer some healthy options but why are they afraid to make the info public? Do they think that people won't go out to eat if they can actually choose ahead of time the best foods for their lifestyle? Since I had looked at the menu online I decided I would either get the 1/2 oven roasted chicken or the grilled pork chop for an entree. I ended up getting the pork chop and brought 1/2 home. For the two sides I ordered the baked sweet potato without any additions (although I did get butter on the side in case but didn't use) and the steamed vegetables (broccoli and baby carrots). I did have 1 roll (no butter) and a few fried dill pickle chips (I counted it as 1/4 of an order but didn't have that many).

I've heard there is going to be a mandate that all restaurants post nutrition information so people can make wise choices. The local McDonald's already do that here, I'll be glad when the other restaurants have to do the same (even if it is only online). I understand that portion sizes may vary some if the entrees are hand cut or not pre-packaged/frozen from the chain but couldn't they just have some type of disclaimer that the counts are approximate and may vary?

I think the restaurant industry needs to give people the tools to make healthy choices instead of keeping us in the dark and guessing about what we are eating.
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  • BARB0863
    I agree, as it is I was already ordering sauces, salad dressing, etc. on the side. I want to taste the food I'm paying for and I don't like drowning my food in anything. I'll still be glad when all restaurants have to post nutrition info somewhere for those of us who want the information.
    2032 days ago
    Barb, they are probably afraid they will lose business if the truth was known about the nutritional (or lack there of) value. Let's face it the really good food on menus are also the worse to eat if you are trying to eat healthy. Your best bet is to do your homework (which it seem you did) so that you can make the best possible choice. When possible ask for sauces and such be served on the side so you can cut a lot of calories. Also, cut back on other meals for that day to allow more for the eat out meal. And don't forget the exercise, pump it up some.
    2032 days ago
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