An eye-opening guide to making the best food choices when you’re dining out, from the new book by David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding
It’s a scary statistic: 17 percent of this country’s kids are now overweight
or obese. In fact, no matter what your weight was as a kid, your child faces four times the risk of obesity as you did. But before you blame TV, the Internet, and video games, consider that only 15 percent of a body’s daily calorie burn comes from exercise. It’s not the culture that’s endangering our children’s health. It’s the food. It’s simply different from the food we ate 20 or 30 years ago; for example, it’s often full of high-fructose corn syrup, which adds hundreds of empty calories to our diets each day.
When you eat out as a family, there’s usually no way to know how many calories and fat grams you’re consuming. But armed with the info in this book, you can steer your kids toward healthier options at chain restaurants across America. Here, the offerings at five popular places.
12 g fat (5 g saturated)
921 mg sodium
in cheddar is really
better than turkey? In this case, Arby’s staple roast beef is incredibly lean, and the cheese sauce — though unnecessarily spiked with preservatives and
artificial colorings — has
just 30 calories and
2 grams of fat.
True, turkey is a safe
bet as a lean deli meat. Problem is, the bread it’s served on packs 361 calories on its own. Switch to a sesame bun and hold the mayo and the sandwich sheds 284 calories
Mom’s meat loaf
this ain’t, unless Mom makes hers with azodicarbonamide calcium peroxide, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, ammonium chloride, and 57 other hard-to-pronounce fillers,
Pepper Pals Country-Fried Chicken Crispers with ranch and Homestyle Fries
83 g fat (15 g saturated)
1,890 mg sodium
This is one of the worst kids’ meals in America: three fingers encased in a thick bread coating, next to a heap of fries and 240 calories of ranch dressing. It’s got more than a full day’s worth of fat.