Regard every purchased meal as a minimum intake of 800-1000 calories.

Should that matter? Yes and no.

The featured photo is the Almond Lime bowl from Kupfert and Kim. I recently read an article that disparaged dishes from this “wheatless, meatless and mostly organic” fast food establishment because of its ‘deceptively’ high caloric content. I always suggest that diners expect restaurant meals be equivalent to roughly half of your daily caloric intake (remember that referenced nutrition info tends to be an underestimation).

Although the longstanding evidence for weight loss has always supported a caloric deficit, its also important to remember that caloric quality
matters just as well. How do I foresee my performance level after an 800 calorie bowl of brown rice, cabbage slaw, tofu, cashews, kefir lime dressing (and my add on of kimchi) versus an 800 calorie combo of a Big Mac and fries? I’ve got to say I felt pretty good after my K&K Meal and found that it staved off hunger for the rest of the evening leading me to a very light dinner. I’m not sure I could say the same for McDonald’s, which is sadly what society has deemed to be the more traditional fast food meal

I refrain from faulting restaurants like Kupfert and Kim for supposedly disguising their dishes as healthy despite caloric density. They are first and foremost a business and certainly have to prioritize a revenue – if they do so by increasing their portion sizes for unique and minimally processed dishes I could never replicate at home then so be it. As consumers we also need to be knowledgable about what we purchase and put in our bodies so let this power be ours!

In good health,

Dr. Sandy

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