We live in a society that has become more aware of health and the factors that contribute to its decay. This is why more people are making a conscious effort towards ingesting healthier fare, which is a good thing, as that will increase longevity and improve overall productivity.
If you are a health-conscious person, you have probably ordered a smoothie at Jamba Juice at least once. This is because this establishment is known for its healthy approach and that is why it is popular with people who want their juice fix.
Everyone knows that Jamba Juice is an establishment that creates healthy and nutritious smoothies from 100% fruit juice. However, recently, Restaurant Meal Nutrition says that their menu and is not as healthy as we would envision.
This company has marketed their healthy and nutritious smoothies, as this is what most people who are concerned about their health crave, guilt-free goodness. Their menu pictures are without a doubt, sweet treats, yet they are not as healthy as the regular offerings.
Restaurant Meal Nutrition claims that the company serves items like Pink Starburst and Red Gummy Bear, which are supposed to taste like their candy namesakes. Please note that other companies allow off-the-menu orders. Pizza Express is one of the establishments that permit their customers to make their desired changes to cater to their taste buds.
Time, which is a reputable news source, took upon itself to find out if the off-the-menu items are as healthy as their advertised counterparts. As expected, the answer is complicated and yet it somehow makes sense.
Shockingly, most nutritionists have not heard of these secret menus and understandably, they had mixed feelings about it. Most of them were concerned that there was no accessible nutritional information regarding these offerings.
Keri Gans, the author of The Small Change Diet and a registered dietician says that if the public would like a secret menu, it is the responsibility of the company to be transparent, with regard to the calories and nutritional analysis.
By excluding unhealthy items from their menus, they willingly hide its lack of nutritional value, which is especially true in areas like New York, as the law requires restaurant chains to display the required nutritional information in their menus. Please note that this regulation does not apply to items that are not found in their menus or those found on the menu for less than 30 days, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Thus, secret items undermine the intention of that rule, albeit being technically legal. This lack of transparency can be a problem for people who have allergies, as they will not be aware of the ingredients used to create their off-the-menu choices.
Keri Gans states that the most vital factor is that the staff should be educated about the ingredients used. Spokespeople of most restaurant chains denied the existence of these secret menus yet acknowledged that they permit their customers to customize their orders.
According to the Chipotle spokesperson and communications director, Chris Arnold, their employees are trained to make what the customers want with whatever ingredients they have. The quesarito, which is an oversized burrito inside a quesadilla and nachos are some of the items that customers order at this establishment, which are not on their menu.
Most nutritionists say that these off-the-menu requests may not be all that bad, as many customers use this advantage to make healthier choices. Thus, one could say that what you get depends on your dedication to eating healthier.
The chance to choose what you eat allows you to follow a healthier diet or binge on add-ons you may regret. Therefore, it would be wise to choose with care, as your health and waistline are on the line.
Some people like to order from secret menus as they are bored with the regular offerings and are looking for diverse meal choices. If you are looking for variation, you might want to give other chains a try, like Genghis Grill or Hometown Buffet, as they over a wide range of meals.
Judy Kaplan, a registered dietician praised the efforts to offer healthier food choices and also said she was not shocked that some fast food restaurants would offer unhealthy options off the menu. Although fast food has become more nutritious in recent years, with a whopping 12 percent of calories being cut from new menus, there are still many customers who want unhealthy food.
Thus, the chance to choose what you eat may not be a good idea for people with less self-control or those who order based on what their taste buds are longing for.
One cannot exactly blame the food establishments as it is not their sole responsibility, as the customer has the final say. When it comes to business, the customer is and always will be right.