The journalism of Consumer Reports is best in class, takes a lot of money to produce and deserves to be paid for. So The Restaurant Dieter will only hint at the great information in the March 2016 issue. In a major article titled “Under the Plastic Wrap,” Consumer Reports takes on the issue of supermarket and prepared meals and finds:
- It’s not always fresh and unprocessed as you might assume.
- It can be salty. Whole Foods’ breaded tilapia has 612 mg of sodium, vs. 733 at Red Lobster and only 420 for Mrs. Paul’s in the frozen aisle.
- There is no nutritional information on the labels, because the Food & Drug Administration doesn’t require it for fresh prepared foods.
- There is no information about portion control. With all the great tips for portion sizing suggested by Weight Watchers, this may not matter as much to some.
- It’s not cheap.
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