If you thought counting calories for fast food and packaged meals would help you make smarter food choices, you may want to check again. According to The New York Times article “Counting of Calories Isn’t Always Accurate,” research reveals some discouraging realities of convenience food. Menus from 29 different restaurant chains and 10 frozen food varieties sold in supermarkets were found to have almost twice as many calories in their foods as they originally stated. For instance, a serving of grits at Denny’s listed at 80 calories, was found to actually contain 258 calories. Yikes.Good news is that the study went on to say that not all restaurants had inaccurate calorie counts—some even listed more calories than the foods actually contained. For instance, Domino’s thin-crust cheese pizza listed at 180 calories, only really contains 141 calories. So what now? Instead of wasting brainpower on the mental math required to figure out the number of calories you eat in a day, use the time to plan ahead and eat at home. The lesson here is that despite your busy schedules, it’s always better to opt out of convenience and on-the-go service and prepare cost-efficient, fresh, healthy, and most importantly, delicious meals at home.
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Last modified: February 4, 2010