Be warned, ladies: Nutrition labels lie.
A new study of meals from ten different popular food chains found that the actual calorie counts of those meals averaged 18 percent higher than what was advertised. I’m not very good at math, but I think that adds up to a LOT of extra cals.
It doesn’t surprise me that Wendy’s and chains like Ruby Tuesday would cheat a little to impress the occasional health nut who actually checks their calorie counts and market themselves as “healthy.” But with them, what does it really matter? If you’re wolfing down a Classic Triple with cheese or Shrimp Alfredo pasta with white cheddar mashed potatoes on the side, calories are probably not your first concern. What does surprise me is the fact that frozen meal companies, like Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers, are doing this and getting away with it. Um, isn’t low cals the only reason anyone buys a Smart Ones Salisbury Steak? Lord knows it’s not because it tastes good… or like Salisbury Steak.
I feel cheated. I feel angry. I feel…fat. Who knows how many extra calories I’ve been shoving down my throat? Calories I could have enjoyed a whole lot more if I were eating a delicious cheeseburger instead of some crappy frozen chicken dinner that I thought was a healthier option.
Hopefully a study like this will force restaurants and food companies to be more honest in their labeling. Until then, chew cautiously, ladies. And maybe hit the gym a little harder just to be safe.