Hold onto your salt shakers folks because the sit-downs are about to get the smack down.
Living in a health conscious world, it's amazing how much information you can get your hands on now a days. I decided to look into a couple of popular restaurants and see just how much salt was in their food.
On the menu today we have THE KEG and EAST SIDE MARIO'S
Keep in mind when reading this that the upper limit for salt in a day is 2300mg
EAST SIDE MARIO'S
A little Italy restaurant that prides itself on endless bread and salad, peanut shell ridden floors and a noise level so loud you can't even think (perhaps to avoid having you think twice about what's in the food).
Let's have a look at that endless salad: One serving (in a single serve bowl), has about 730mg of salt in it. So in theory, if you ate three bowls of it, you would have had your salt for the day. Add to that one serving of the home loaf bread (134g per serving) and you would have to add ANOTHER 730mg of salt!
Now ask yourself honestly....do you ever take only one piece of the bread and one serving of salad?
So now you have already over done the salt, so lets have an entree!
The Cheese Capaletti....2100mg Salt
Sausage and Peppers Penne...2410mg Salt
Well let's pick something lighter like Angel Hair Primavera....930mg of Salt (hmmm...better, but it's got 20 more grams of fat than the previous two)
Well, now that you are thouroughly pickled, how about we try somewhere else like the Keg? Maybe it's all the salty water that pasta is cooked in that's to blame.
A chain that flaunts it's high end steak house feel like it's going to go out of style. Taking a peek at the appetizers to start:
Crab Parmesan Spinach Dip: 1160mg Salt (do keep in mind I'm doing these by a single serving)
French Onion Soup: 2604mg of Salt
Spinach Salad: Even this lighter option has 326mg of salt (though it's looking pretty good by comparison)
Now onto the mains....
Prime Rib: 3084mg of Salt (one and a half days worth of Salt)
Zesty Salmon: 1253mg of Salt
And if you top it all off with a cheesecake, you would need to add another 430mg of salt
So if I had the bread, salad and pasta at East Side Mario's I could be looking at around 4000mg of salt in one outing OR if I decided on an app, main and dessert at the Keg I could take in around 3000-5000mg of salt depending on what I pick.
I'm starting to realize why I drink so much water when I eat out now....
So the message here is, stop putting the healthy halo on a food just because it seems healthy. The sit down restaurant is just as bad if not worse at times for not only salt, but fat and calories. If you want to take a peek for yourself, follow the links below. I'm going to go find myself a glass of water.
East Side Mario's