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SpencerPJ

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Restaurant Calories
« on: November 08, 2018, 01:35:55 PM »
Found this entertaining (actually disappointing)  ???

Restaurant Calories
https://www.nutritionix.com/brands/restaurant



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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 10:49:55 AM »
Many Restaurants and nearly ALL Chains add "Flavor" (Sugar and/or Fat) to the food to make you crave it more..

Mom and Pop type Family places often do not but may still find ways to up the calories (IE: Bigger servings).

As a Diabetic.. I know there is a book you can buy that lists all this stuff.

I avoid Fast Food for the most part (A few times a year I'll give in) Prefer Mom/Pop type places.

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 02:08:44 PM »
Found this entertaining (actually disappointing)  ???

Restaurant Calories
https://www.nutritionix.com/brands/restaurant
Interesting site.  Thanks
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 10:27:41 AM »
good link!

I've been on a major weight loss effort lately.  Have been using an app called "my fitness pal", by Under Armor.  I've found it very helpful in understanding my calorie and nutrient intake.

It has an amazing database of this kind of stuff.  I've not found much that it doesn't have yet.... scan products by barcode for packaged stuff.  For restaurants you can do a keyword search...."Burger King Whopper Jr." for example....it's very thorough.  Occasionally for more odd places, or mom and pop things, I'm still able to find similar items.... such as "egg roll" from my local chinese takeout joint.... well in the database I can find lots of options for eggroll and pick one that's probably close enough, such as one form ameriserve, or one from Scwann's, or one from Pagoda, etc...

The app seems to be crowd sourced, but I wonder if it's not pulling data from the same source as your linked site....regardless, I'm going to try to remember it as a backup reference!
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2018, 10:36:54 AM »
The last thing I worry about when I eat out (actually when I eat in too) is calories. My first concern is quality and taste then price. I know it’s not a healthy attitude but I can’t help it. I might just die sooner than later. Someone once asked me how I would like to die. My answer “I would like to be 110 years old and be shot dead by a jealous husband”.
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2018, 11:11:17 AM »
I''m the same way (about the calories). ;D although I do try to avoid high carb foods in restaurants. That can be hard to do especially when they taste so good. I am appalled at the size of the portions in many eaterys, my late wife and I sometimes ordered one plate and split it much to the server's annoyance. We simply could not eat that much! I once saw a relatively slim woman devour two heaping plates of biscuits and gravy, my cholelesterol went up 15 points just watching her.

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2018, 12:02:47 PM »
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my late wife and I sometimes ordered one plate and split it much to the server's annoyance.

We often each take home a box of leftovers, which often is nice since we now have two meals for the price of one.  ;D
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2018, 01:24:13 PM »
DW and I split meals also. Some places serve way more than a person should eat at one time.
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 01:43:19 PM »
DW and I split meals also. Some places serve way more than a person should eat at one time.


ha ha, yes...I'd take that statement a bit further to say most places...or even nearly all places....
As I started really paying attention, I was shocked at how little food a person really needs.  I was conditioned by many years to think larger portions were 'normal'.
For years I tried to eat 'healthy'
but I've discovered that even though I was only having 1 bowl, or sometimes 1-1/2 bowls, in reality I was then having 2 to 2-1/2 servings of my "healthy cereal" in the morning
and my "healthy grilled chicken salad" that I'd often have for lunch...complete with dressing on the side and barely even used... had probably 1/2 of the calories I need for the day, based on my 1-1/2 to 2 pounds per week weight loss diet target.

I'm a relatively inactive person...but I took a look at what my brother in law eats...now he's a marathon runner (frequent), does full on iron man competitions, 100 mile + bike rides, etc... I figure he's pretty much always nearly ready to go at a moments notice to run a marathon.... runs and bikes what I would consider extreme distances daily...  Anyway, this guy burns what would seem to be tons of calories but it wasn't like he was eating everything available.  Actually smaller portions, splitting main courses with his wife as many of you have mentioned.  Seems to focus way more on quality calories and reasonable serving sizes.  His brother is the same way.
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 02:01:21 PM »
I ran once. Threw up. Never did that again.
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 03:52:55 PM »
good link!

I've been on a major weight loss effort lately.  Have been using an app called "my fitness pal", by Under Armor.  I've found it very helpful in understanding my calorie and nutrient intake.

I've simply cut back on sugars, soda pop, hard alcohol, and carbs.  Not eliminate, just cute back. 
Dropping weight easily. 
College kids coming home for holidays, we'll see how long this lasts.
I split my plate often as well.  Sometimes I ask for to go box immediately.  Server kinda looks at me, but if it's in a box, I don't keep nibbling.


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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2018, 03:55:40 PM »
If God had meant for man to run long distances, He wouldn't have invented the automobile.    ;)
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2018, 05:01:32 PM »
If God had meant for man to run long distances, He wouldn't have invented the automobile.    ;)

Or bad knees.  :)
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2018, 06:09:43 PM »
I ride a bike all the time.  1200 cc Yamaha  ;)

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2018, 09:52:27 PM »
Since the Mrs's heart surgery this Summer, we are just starting to get out to dinner. It's tough when you have to mind Calories/ Sugars/ Sodium and such.
Learned a lot lately.
For example:
- Did you know that a slice of bread can have as much Sodium as a slice of Bacon?
- It is amazing how fast you can top that 2000 mg Sodium limit when dining out.
- Most restaurants haven't the foggiest how much salt or Sodium is in their food.
- Chicken is a NO-NO at the Diner. Same with Turkey. Most Poultry products have enormous Sodium count.
- Low Sodium foods are still dangerous, because they usually substitute Potassium for Sodium. And if you're on a low Sodium diet, you have to watch your
  Potassium, too, because the balance between Sodium, Potassium and Magnesium is what makes your Cells function normally. Not to mention you Nervous System
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2018, 01:57:18 AM »
I drink mountains of water and have no salt issues. :)
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2018, 06:25:48 AM »


No calories when you use restaurant coupons. I do it all the time, save money and plus wipes out all the calories!!!! ;) ;) ;) ;)

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2018, 01:10:28 PM »
The last thing I worry about when I eat out (actually when I eat in too) is calories. My first concern is quality and taste then price. I know it’s not a healthy attitude but I can’t help it. I might just die sooner than later. Someone once asked me how I would like to die. My answer “I would like to be 110 years old and be shot dead by a jealous husband”.

I like the adage that 'calories count, but you don't have to count calories'. I don't know how or when I'll go, but I don't see the point in being the healthiest corpse in the morgue...

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2018, 01:23:01 PM »
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It's tough when you have to mind Calories/ Sugars/ Sodium and such.

My husband had to limit his salt too, so we pretty much quit eating out. I used a variety of herbs and seasonings and other things to increase the flavor so the food I cooked did taste good. When we did eat out, it seemed like all I could taste was the salt. I think thats some restaurants main ingredient
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2018, 01:47:51 PM »
Salt is cheap and easy.  Herbs and spices require more thought.

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2018, 02:17:49 PM »
Village Inn seems to be the worst of the chains. Even before we went through all of this Heart stuff, I had reached a point where I would refuse to go there. The place REEKS of Salt. All I could taste was the Salt.

We definitely prefer the local "Mom and Pop" Joints, but even they can over do the salt.
We never have taken Pizza and Buffets off our list. When we do got to a restaurant, we find two or three items that we can manage the salt with.


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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2018, 02:31:08 PM »
I drink mountains of water and have no salt issues. :)

If everything is working correctly, your kidneys flush out all the excess minerals, as long as you stay hydrated.
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Though, we are on Fluid restriction, Salt Restriction, Carb Restriction, and Calorie restriction. All well and good, though. We have proved that we can get by on a lot less of all that then we would have thought. The only problem is when family wants to go out to dinner.

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2018, 03:48:34 PM »
I agree with everyone about the excess salt at restaurants, but what kills me is, when you see someone salt their food BEFORE even trying it.  What the heck  :-\

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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2018, 12:04:28 AM »
"Moderation in all things - including moderation."
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2018, 04:39:28 AM »
  My wife will put salt on her salt and her heart and blood pressure are near perfect. I cut back on added salt and the more I cut back the less I wanted to add salt things, now I see how salty the restaurant foods have become. Have you noticed how salty cheese is, or seafood??
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2018, 12:03:57 PM »
I don’t go to restaurants to eat healthy.
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Re: Restaurant Calories
« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2018, 07:55:41 PM »
Sorry to tell you this...those lists are pure junk. As the owner of three of those restaurants, before we sold them and retired, I can assure you that everything depends on how the food is made. When we get our calorie rating, the ones you see in this list, we make the food to exact standards. But there is no way to replicate those standards in individual kitchens across the country. For instance, we owned Moe's Southwest Grill. This list says a quesadilla with chicken has 160 calories. The 10" tortilla has more calories than that alone. For instance, the 10" tortilla has 380 calories, the cheese has 120 and then it depends on how much water is in the chicken to say how many calories there are. But usually, a 4 ounce serving with normal water added would be 90 calories. A far cry from the 160 listed. How does the company get away with listing only 160...different specs when getting the original calorie count. Also, as many have mentioned, most restaurants add salt and MSG to their products. And not just some. There is far more salt in a single meal that you need in several days. That is why when you go out and eat at a restaurant, you almost always gain short term weight. Eat that stuff every day and you WILL gain weight. BTW...in most restaurants in the US, the chicken will have a "pump"(amount of water, salt and MSG) of around 30%. And here we thought we were actually paying for chicken, when we were really paying for chicken and 30% to 40% water. It's the water that makes restaurant chicken taste so good and juicy, and why you can't get the same effect at home. Also, the salt used in restaurants is not the table salt most people use at home. Restaurants use a highly refined salt that adds flavor and yes, causes a retention of water weight.

I still go out to eat at restaurants but seldom will we go to a fast food place. We choose local restaurants or large "big box" chains. Also, no I never order chicken at a restaurant.
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