Surprised by this photo?
Today I’m showing you what not to eat! This photo is the short rib and cheesy mac sandwich from Dave and Buster’s restaurant–and is completely the opposite of the type of food recommended for type 2 diabetes–and what my blog stands for–healthy, fresh food including complex carbs.
We subscribe to the Berkeley Wellness letter–and I want to share some information they shared from the “Xtreme Eating Awards” presented by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to highlight the unhealthiest chain restaurants in the US.
Nine menu items made the 2016 list, coming from such chains as Applebees, The Cheesecake Factory, (that one was no big surprise to me–have you ever been to one and seen the size of their portions–especially the desserts?!), Sonic, Uno Pizzeria, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Here are some of the “winners,” in order from calories, from hugest to merely huge. But first, put it in perspective: Food labels are based on a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet (though each individual’s diet and calorie requirements may be different). For that calorie level, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend no more than 20 grams of saturated fat, and 48 grams of carbs/sugars a day, and no more than 2300 mg. of sodium for the general population–again, each person’s requirements may vary, such as if on a low sodium diet.
Here’s some of the top offenders–in order of offenses; (the carb counts aren’t on this list, but none are served on or with whole grains, that’s for sure! Besides the copious amounts of sugar in some of these):
Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill: made literally with the “whole hog”–including bacon, sausage, proscuitto, on a large, white wheat bun: 2850 calories, 86 grams of saturated fat, and 3390 mg. of sodium!
Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict at The Cheesecake Factory: 2580 calories. 86 grams of saturated fat, 3390 mg. of sodium and 60 teaspoons of sugar saturated in the batter and in the syrup!! Oh My! Even worse than their cheesecake…
Dessert Nachos at Buffalo Wild Wings: a flour tortilla (fried in beef tallow!), ice cream topped with caramel/chocolate sauce and cheesecake bits: 2100 calories, 64 grams saturated fat, 5 grams of trans fat, and 120 grams of sugar.
And the featured item: Short Rib and Cheesy Mac Stack Sandwich at Dave & Buster’s: served with tater tots: 1910 calories, 42 grams saturated fat, 3390 grams of sodium. The bun is a thick, totally white wheat bread, not to mention the tater tots. What a combo!
That gives you an idea of why the US has an obesity, and, yes, type 2 diabetes, epidemic. But you, my readers, know a better way!
Not that one can’t eat and indulge occasionally at fast food or chain restaurants, but pay attention to the ingredients, the cooking processes and the portion sizes. Of course, sharing with friends is a good habit!
Thanks for indulging me in this off-of-my usual blog post. Please let me know your thoughts and comments.