Your Survival Strategy: Stick to the crispy tacos or burrito bowls, or saw a burrito in thirds.
Applebee's, IHOP, Olive Garden, Outback, Red Lobster, T.G.I. Friday's
These titans of the restaurant industry are among the last national chains that don't provide nutritional information on their dishes. Even after years of communication with their representatives, we still hear the same old excuses: it's too pricey, it's too time-consuming, it's impossible to do accurately because their food is so fresh. Our response is simple: If every other chain restaurant in the country can do it, then why can't they? Recent New York legislation requiring these restaurants to run calorie counts on their menus gave diners a glimpse of what these establishments are hiding: At Friday's, no fewer than nine sandwiches and ten appetizers topple the 1000-calorie barrier; at IHOP, the "healthiest" entree-size salad has a staggering 1050 calories; and at Outback, even a simple order of salmon will wipe out 75% of your day's caloric allotment.
Your Survival Strategy: Write letters, make phone calls, beg, scream, and plead for these restaurants to provide nutritional information on all of their products. Ask them why they refuse to tell us the truth!
For a comprehensive A-to-F breakdown on 30 other chain restaurants -- plus the best and worst meals at each -- see the complete EAT THIS, NOT THAT! For Kids Restaurant Report Card at eatthis.com/restaurants.
EAT THIS, NOT THAT! For Kids is available nationwide on August 19th.
DAVID ZINCZENKO, SVP/Editor-in-Chief of Men's
|SOURCE Rodale; EAT THIS, NOT THAT! For Kids|
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