When it comes to nutritional advice on eating out, the spotlight usually shines brightly and, many times, solely on calories. I don’t necessarily object to that; after all, it is certainly possible for a diner to to consume three quarters (or a hundred percent, for that matter) of their caloric needs in a single restaurant meal these days.
In some parts of the country, some chain restaurants are legally required to display calorie counts alongside menu items. In states and cities where this legal requirement is not in play, some of these restaurants voluntarily point out their lower-calorie options (usually grouping a variety of dishes under something akin to a “500 Calories or Less” heading). While that provides quantitative nutritional information, it is but one tiny piece in that large jigsaw puzzle known as health.