Back at Carl's Jr. again. Sorry, there are little voices that I hear chanting "Carl's Jr., Carl's Jr!" and the path of least resistance looks like the way to go. My son even said he was willing to split a chili dog with me. I somehow feel less bad about going to CJ's, I mean their burgers are flame broiled, not fried, right. If you take a peek at their nutritional guide, you'll see it's not so great. On their website, they have a nutrition calculator, I typed in my meal, a Big Carl and a medium fry.(They no longer have chili dogs) The total calorie count of those two items is 1380 calories. Wow! And that doesn't include the fries that I picked out of my son's bag. Knowing this information has got me examining more closely what I'm ordering. In Portland, they're requiring some restaurants to post this information about their food on their menus. I noticed this when eating at a Portland Wendy's(please forgive me) a few weeks back. On the wall near the register was a list of all the nutritional information of every item that they sell. After a quick glance and rough calculation I reduced my calorie intake by half. No mayonnaise on the burger, a salad instead of fries and a coke zero instead of regular.
I'm already expecting to hear the comments about government telling restaurants how to run their business. You're right, I don't want big brother forcing a salad on me or deciding which ingredients I should have on a burger. But, I appreciate having the knowledge to make an informative decision. I chose the healthier option. Actually, I spent the same amount of money in the store as I would have if their was no nutrition menu. There was no loss in this situation, just a gain by myself for eating better and a gain by the restaurant for showing a customer that they don't just have high calorie items on their menu. In 2010, all big chain restaurants in Oregon will be required to post calorie totals next to prices on the menu. Will you be someone who looks at and considers this information or will it not make a difference in your life?