John Gilpatrick wrote for Tivity Health’s Silver Sneakers newsletter that the average menu is filled with nutritional landmines.
One study found that meals at non-chain restaurants have an average of 1,200 calories—more than half what most people should consume daily.
That’s because, despite increasing public awareness of the nutritional booby traps hiding on menus everywhere, the restaurant experience is still centered around sending customers home full and happy. That means bread and butter, loaded this and fried that. And pie. Because who can say no to pie?
On the positive side, restaurants are now offering more healthy options than ever. You just need to know where to look. You also need to beware of the biggest health trap of all: portion size.
“Portions at restaurants are also significantly larger than they should be,” says Rebecca Noren, R.D., a dietitian and culinary marketing manager for Chef Ming Tsai. “They range anywhere from 100 percent to 500 percent larger than they were 30 to 40 years ago.”