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Jewish World Review
August 12, 2011
/ 12 Menachem-Av, 5771
Calorie counts on the thin side
It's a sad day in the neighborhood when you can't believe a calorie count on a menu item. A team of scientists has found that fast food and sit-down restaurants understate the number of calories in their menu items. The average discrepancy was 134 calories per menu item, and some items were off by as much as 225 calories.
Talk about a slippery noodle. If a body ate out 15 times, dining on dishes that packed 225 more calories than the body thought, that body could be in the rears, literally, an entire pound.
If restaurants aren't honest about calorie counts, you have to wonder what else they are fudging about.
What if the Coke machine is really dispensing Pepsi?
The husband says I am overreacting, that there's no use in crying over spilled milk and I should just accept that this is the way the cookie crumbles. I can't. When the menu says a cranberry pecan chicken salad with pecans has some 800 calories, but really packs more than 1,100, it makes you wonder about a lot of things.
Has KFC been honest about the 11 secret herbs and spices? What if it's only 10? What if there are only two secret spices and they're just plain old salt and pepper? The thing is, when you've been betrayed like this you don't just doubt one bucket of chicken, you doubt them all.
This is the type of scandal that takes the cake. And it really puts egg on the face of these restaurant chains as well.
What about Steak 'n Shake that boasts of "hand-dipped milkshakes." Are they really hand-dipped? Actually, I've always found the image of someone scooping out ice cream with their hands and flinging it into glasses unappetizing so I wouldn't mind if that one did turn out to be false.
Here's the real killer. What if McDonald's was lying? What if I didn't deserve a break today?
I don't know how much Olive Garden calorie counts are off by, but what scares me most about them is their claim, "When you're here, you're family." When I go out to eat, the only thing I want to bring home is a clamshell with leftovers, not six strangers from the next table over now claiming we're family.
I'm so upset I'm even questioning the ice cream store with 31 flavors. Can you tell me when someone last counted?
Arby's claims to have "Good Mood Food," but what if they're off a little, say by the equivalent of a 100 calories worth? What if they miscalculated and it's really just "OK Mood Food"?
Taco Bell claims to think outside the bun and that's fine, but I want to know exactly how many calories outside the bun it's going to be.
The biggest whopper, aside from Burger King, may come from the Dunkin' Donuts stores that claim "America runs on Dunkin'." Oh c'mon. America runs on fuel, nobody runs on a belly full of donuts.
We've all got bigger fish to fry. I'm just saying it's food for thought.
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