Did you know all restaurant chains have the nutrition facts about the foods they serve posted on their websites, in addition to their menus? That means the public has full access to the information they need in order to determine what the nutrition value is in their meal selection. But let’s be real for minute....when was the last time you did that?
If you are working on your diet, this is a habit I suggest picking up. To show you just how important it is to know, I've made three meal selections from a few popular restaurants. For those of you following a low carbohydrate diet, you will notice one meal is much higher than your daily carb intake. For those of you paying attention to calories, again this is more than your calories for the day...in one meal. I even decided to add a salad to the mix to offer a "healthier" option.
total meal 2390 calories (128 grams fat, 220 grams carbohydrate, 10.7 grams fiber, 81 grams protein, 2594 milligrams sodium, 209.3 grams net carbs)
>appetizer- Chili Cheese Fry: 1,530 calories (94g fat, 121g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 54g protein, 2,260mg sodium)
>Entree- Prime Chop Burger: 1,040 calories (57g fat, 82g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 48g protein, 1,580mg sodium)
>Sweet Treat- Bluemoon Beer Shake: 840 calories (39g fat, 97g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 15g protein, 260mg sodium)
total meal 3240 calories (216 grams fat, 263 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams fiber, 68 grams protein, 3190 milligrams sodium, 249 gram net carbs)
>Entree: Chinese Chicken Salad: 1,740 calories (106g fat, 141g carbohydrate, 11g fiber, 54g protein, 2,840mg sodium)
>Dessert: Peppermint Bark Cheesecake: 1,500 calories (110g fat, 122g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 350mg sodium)
total meal 2710 calories (131 grams fat, 284 grams carbohydrate, 15 grams fiber, 102 grams protein, 5080 milligrams sodium, 269 gram net carbs)
>Drink: Raspberry Lobsterita: 500 calories (0g fat, 82g carb, 0 fiber, 37g protein, 10 milligram sodium)
>Entree: Ultimate Feast: 1,100 calories (69g fat, 68g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 54g protein, 4350 mg sodium)
>Dessert: Chocolate Wave: 1,110 calories (62g fat, 134g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 11g protein, 720g sodium)