Food Police Deciding For Us

I am all for information about the amounts of calories, fats, sodium, carbohydrates in food menu offerings being available to people before they order in any eating establishment. I am not for government or anyone else specifically pulling items off the menu, because they deem them bad for you. The decision on whether the menu item is bad for an individual should be up to that individual. Of course if the person is a minor, then it is up to the parent or guardian. In general, the market forces should always be the deciding factor. The menu items that explode in calories, sodium, carbs, fat etc. should only be dropped due to business food purchase costs against lack of customer orders.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest labeled the 1,030-calorie, deep-fried Lasagna Fritta appetizer at the Olive Garden as food porn. Food porn! I guess we will be seeing more of that derogatory labeling in the future in efforts to shame those in the restaurant industry into dropping menu offerings targeted as unhealthy. And yes, for me, that deep-fried Lasagna Fritta Appetizer is very unhealthy. I would be looking at other appetizer offerings.

There is a shaming list called the Extreme Awards. The list has meal offerings, I would at least try once, especially Chevy’s Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla. It is not shaming to me. It is advertisement. Now, I have yet to eat in most of the restaurants cited, except for Five Guys and Outback. I particularly remember a Five Guys’ burger as a delicious comfort food moment 3 years ago after an extended grueling day at work. I also remember saying to myself not to make Five Guys a habit. It’s been over 2 years since my last burger from that place. Go here and go here for the list.

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