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Diet Tip: Pay Attention to Adjectives on Menus

I don't know if it's just me, but I've realized the adjective for foods on menus can be an eye opener on whether or not the food is good or bad for you — without even knowing what the food is. Restaurants can't say, mixed with full-fat whipping cream or contains about a stick of butter so they use adjectives to pleasantly describe the food. Think about all the adjectives used on menus today: crunchy, drenched, cheesy, crispy, buttery, deep fried, creamy, indulgent, caramelized, chocolately, sinful, melty, etc. While my mouth is watering by just writing these tasty adjectives, they can really add additional calories, sugar, and saturated fat (and who knows what else).

Case in point. Picture your average dinner salad. Sounds innocent enough until you read that is a dinner salad drenched in the tangy house dressing piled with extra-crunchy croutons. So be really cautious of the adjectives used to describe your foods when eating out at a restaurant, they can provide a little more insight (and calories) than you may have previously thought.


chickflower123 chickflower123 9 years
Peets Coffee offers a "Fat Free Iced Cinnamon Roll"...well, I was ordering them once and awhile until the guy that worked there said, you know just the ICING is fat be careful of the tricky wording too!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
you're so right about the adjectives. i've always been one to steer away from anything that sounds like it's drenched or sinful or anything that's just not 'lightly seasoned' etc. it's interesting to see wht lengths places will go to make thier food seem more tasteful.
Frenched Frenched 9 years
So, so true. I've always thought about those adjectives, I'm going to pay even more attention to them. Great tip!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ha, I'm onto them. I work in the food production industry and I know the adjectives that make people want to chow down on our horrible fried foods, lol. Crispy, sumptuous, batter-dipped, beer-battered, crunchy, etc. I always usually get a salad and get it with GRILLED chicken (NOT crispy or fried) and I ask for the dressing on the side so the chefs don't drown my salad in fatty dressing. And I always ask if they can hold the cheese because I've found that most places literally DROWN the salad in cheese if it comes with that on it. Gross. This is again why I'm not a huge fan of restaurant eating. You just don't know what you're getting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So true!!
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
Restaurant food can be so gross with all of the excess junk they seem to think we need. Definitely good to stay away from anything described as "drenched", thanks!
merymery merymery 9 years
i almost never eat out anymore because i can always taste just how much extra oil and butter is in the dish!
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
So true
Kellyim Kellyim 9 years
Yeah you really need to be aware in order to eat out healthily.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
oh they dont need to say anything, you just know that there is about five times the amount of butter in a restaurant dish than any normal person would put in.
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