Restaurant Calories: 'Extreme Eating'
Sky-High Calories, Fat, and Sodium Cited by Consumer Group
Restaurant Industry Responds
The CSPI's article is half-baked, according to the National Restaurant
America's 935,000 restaurants and food-service outlets "provide a wide
variety of venues and countless menu options to fit anyone's dietary needs and
preferences," the association says in a news release.
"Pointing to a select few menu items at a select few restaurants as
being high in calories, and generalizing that to all restaurant fare is
misleading, inaccurate, and does the public a grave disservice," states the
"Virtually all restaurants provide healthful options," and diners
can request that chefs curb calories or fat, the association says.
Many national chain restaurants make nutrition information available, the
association notes. Since many diners customize their orders, the association
says it would be hard to post simple nutritional information on menus and menu
What you put on your plate is your business, whether it's a decadent splurge
or spa cuisine, according to the association.
Diners are "free to choose what to eat, whether being mindful of calorie
and fat intake, or indulging themselves with their favorite dishes," states
"Our research shows that 95% of survey respondents feel they are
qualified to make their own dietary choices, and more than two out of three
(68%) say they are tired of the 'food police' telling them what to eat,"
the association says.