Dear Restaurant Owner (or Chef) or Food Manufacturer:
We need your help! Our Prime Directive is to make it easier to eat healthily, and YOU are the absolute, essential key (sine qua non) to accomplishing this!
The solution to the United States’ (and beyond!) obesity and health crisis remains squarely in your hands, and we implore you to leverage all resources available to you to improve the nutrition of your menu items and products. Read our Home Page to learn how to do this, and then begin listing, posting, or labeling each item with its 4◊Score. We will all be eternally grateful!
As a show of this gratitude, we will send people your way! Simply Contact Us and let us know what you have done, and we will list you on our site!
Regarding restaurants, it is important to note that a 2013 study1 showed that the average sit-down meal at several popular chain restaurants contained 1128 calories and 58 grams of fat. Independent eateries were even worse2 – meals contained an average of 1327 calories. Authors of the first study, especially since “nearly 40 percent of meals are now eaten outside the home,” concluded that “addressing the nutritional profile of restaurant meals should be a major public health priority.”
You have so much potential for doing good! Please let us know how we can help!
What would this accomplish?
The above strategy and efforts would make huge strides in helping us to reverse the “diabesity” epidemic, independently and drastically improving the health and extending the life of those most in need. Improving the nutritional content of restaurant meals would put the average American’s health on steroids. Read The Blue Zones to learn more. Currently it takes an effort of heroic proportions to eat out in a truly healthy fashion. Even restaurants that most think are healthy usually leave their patrons further away from their health and weight loss goals, because of hidden processed calories and a general misunderstanding of what is truly healthy.
Chips and sticks
Because of the huge damage all-you-can-eat (AYCE) chips and salsa or bread/breadsticks can do, one huge step restaurants can make in the right direction is to consider providing baked chips or tostadas along with the normal chips. Instead of only providing regular bread or bread sticks, offer whole grain options with spray butter.
1Scourboutakos MJ, Semnani-Azad Z, L’Abbe MR: Restaurant Meals: Almost a Full Day’s Worth of Calories, Fats, and Sodium. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(14):1373-1374