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Olive Garden And Red Lobster Agree To Serve Healthier Food

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I don’t know about you, but when I go out to eat I usually don’t expect that to be my healthy meal of the day. When I think of eating healthy I think of a meal prepared at home, not at a restaurant.

Having said that, soon Olive Garden and their sister restaurant chains are pledging to cut calories and sodium in their food by twenty percent in the next ten years. Leave my cheese alone, read more after the jump.

Michelle Obama said Thursday that a pledge by the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and their sister chains to serve healthier meals is a “breakthrough moment” for the industry.

Nothing like a little pressure from the First Lady to make things happen.

Among promised changes for children: no more french fries and a fruit or vegetable side will become standard with kids’ meals. One percent milk also will be served, including free refills, unless an alternative drink is ordered.

Since the beginning of the year, McDonald’s, Burger King, Chili’s, IHOP, and more than a dozen other large and small chains have said they will begin removing enticing pictures of less healthy items from their menus also. I see,  if I don’t see it I won’t eat it.
I still say, you shouldn’t rely upon a restaurant to help you become more healthy, take responsibility for yourself.

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