|Diet menu deceptions
||[May. 21st, 2008|09:22 am]
No More Jiggly Butts!
Well well well. I have suspected such things could/would happen. But with such prevalence is a bit surprising.
Regardless this is good to know.
The article states:
"You may think you’re doing all the right things. Exercising, eating healthy, maybe even choosing the healthy options from menu’s that offer a low calorie/low fat meal.
In a groundbreaking investigation, we went undercover to test the so-called diet menus at some popular restaurants. With the help of our seven sister stations across the country, we bought more than 20 “healthy” meals from Applebee’s, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, Macaroni Grill and Taco bell.
Next, we placed each sample in a Ziploc bag, labeled it and packed it on ice in a cooler. We shipped all our samples overnight to E.P.A. certified Analytical Laboratories in Boise, Idaho.
Once our food arrived at the lab, technicians unpacked, logged and weighed each sample. To simulate how our bodies digest food, the lab put each sample in a processor. The chemists mathematically determined the amount of fat and calories in each serving.
Next, it was placed in a dish and heated to a set temperature that removed the ether. The fat left behind was weighed and chemists mathematically determined the percentage of fat in the original sample.
Many of the meals weren’t as advertised on their menus. The Pollo Magro Skinny Chicken we ordered from Macaroni Grill was supposed to be 500 calories and 6grams of fat. Our results showed the meal had 1022 calories and nearly 50 grams of fat.
“Whew! That’s just off the charts!” exclaimed Dietician Robin Spence when we showed her our results. “Their menus really lead you to believe you’re doing great and you’re ordering the right things. You might as well get what you really wanted to order which is the fried chicken and mashed potatoes.”"
Page has video of interview.