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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.

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