I know, I know. I have been — and still am — a strong supporter of mandatory calorie labeling at fast food establishments and chain restaurants since day one.
I am, however, concerned that too many people view caloric awareness as the sole key to health.
While it certainly helps to know that breakfast item A can save you 400 more calories than breakfast item B, there are other important factors to keep in mind.
Take a look at some items that are calorically decent but nutritionally horrific!
Remember that for saturated fat, someone on a 2,000 calorie diet should not surpass 20 grams a day. While I believe that value can be more flexible if saturated fats are mostly coming from cocoa or coconuts, the items listed below contain vast amounts of the very atherogenic saturated fats in dairy.
For sodium, the recommended limit is set at 2,400 milligrams.
Au Bon Pain:
Panera Bread Company:
While calorie counts are helpful for weight concerns, health is about many other factors. Even if, down the road, all chain restaurants in the entire country provide calorie information, it is not a green light to make them a dietary staple.