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Reading the Fine Print

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Du and I went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch today. I always order the sliced sirloin Petite Lunch Plate, it comes with delicious mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli, for a grand total of 360 calories. I love it, and although the portion of steak and potatoes is quite small, it's pretty good for a lunch. I try to fill up on the broccoli, which while edible, is not my favorite veggie! emoticon

So today, they had a new promotional menu, and I saw they had a new appetizer called "Thai Phoon Shrimp." The description read: "A half pound of tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy chile sauce." Now I wondered about the "crispy" part of that description, thinking that probably meant they were fried. So I got my iPhone out and checked their nutritional guide.
l/nutrition.pdf WOW--the shrimp is only 269 calories. I figured I could get a salad bar with it, and be set.

I got to reading however, AFTER I ordered, while the waiter was still at our table taking Du's order, and the fine print, off to the side, states: 4 servings per appetizer. They're called "shareable appetizers," and each of the 4 portions is 279 calories. I almost ordered a 1000+ calorie lunch! YIKES. Quickly I changed my order to the sliced sirloin.

I know that mistake happens quite often. I am always checking the caloric content listed on the side of boxes and cans at the grocery store when I'm shopping, and have finally realized it's necessary to check for portion size per calories listed. Usually the calories listed are NOT for the whole can or box, but for only a small portion. I remember back when I still was working, one of my friends grabbed a sweet treat from our candy drawer (it was on the honor system), and checked the calories. "Only 135 calories for this," she proudly stated. I looked at it, and said, "No, it's 135 calories for only 1/3 of that treat." She had no idea. Unless you are a true calorie-counter, you can get easily fooled. I am a calorie counter from way back, and I almost got fooled today. That fine print, on an iPhone is REALLY FINE and my eyes aren't that great anymore, but I caught it just in time.
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    Hey Pam! Saw your comment on Diane's site and was interesting in seeing your stuff! I rarely meet people who don't do 'treats' once in awhile because it will trigger them to go on and on. I do believe that everyone must find their own ways to do things--and it looks like you have. So glad!

    Isn't it crazy how much calories can add up at restaurants! I'm glad you are careful!
    2240 days ago
    Yes. They say the MOST important item on the nutrition information section is the serving size.
    2302 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Nice save. Producers definitely try to fool us into thinking foods are healthier/lower calorie than they actually are. I always check for portion size now too.
    2302 days ago
    The really fine print is a challenge for eyes of any age. You could have taken 3 of the portions home for later but you caught your mistake before it happened. Have a great Wednesday!
    2302 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12757076
    Love it! Yes, many times the calorie count is deceiving since it is for a micro portion!
    2302 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7262646
    glad you read it,fine print indeed
    2302 days ago
    I also read the labels or descriptions on everything that I eat. When eating out, you have to be especially careful. I am happy for you that you discovered that this appetizer was meant for 4 people. A small can of Campbells soup is 2 1/2 servings per can. This makes portions ridiculously small. I'm glad you caught your mistake and was able to change to your normal lunch meal that is realistic. emoticon
    2302 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Glad you caught that in time to change your order. The first thing we need to read on a label is the serving size and it is the one that most people skip.
    2302 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Good that you caught it! So true, you really do have to watch the portion size. I read the ingredient list carefully, too. They can change the ingredients at any time and there are things I really don't want to eat.
    2302 days ago
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