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    Archive for the ‘Sbarro’s’ Category

    Numbers Game: Answer

    SbarroLogoOne slice of Sbarro’s pepperoni pizza contains as many calories as 3 slices of Domino’s 14-inch thin crust pepperoni pizza.

    Yet another example of portion distortion!

    A harmless-sounding “two-slice lunch” at Sbarro’s clocks in at a whopping 1,460 calories — and that’s before you factor in a beverage!

    To put that into perspective, you are looking at a meal that provides as many calories as THIRTY chicken McNuggets!

    At places like Sbarro, I recommend ordering one slice at a time.  Once you finish your first slice, wait five minutes and then determine if you are truly hungry for a second one.  

    In most cases, you will find that one slice and a drink are more than plentiful.  

    As my consumer behavior idol Brian Wansink has found in multiple studies, our appetites are deceived when enormous quantities of food are literally in front of us!


    Off-the-Road Minefields

    I was down in Maryland this past weekend, meaning I took full advantage of the road trip to examine some highway food offerings!

    Let’s start with Wawa, a convenience store not unlike 7-11 with slightly over 500 branches spread throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

    Although healthy fare (i.e.: fresh fruit cups, fruit and cheese trays, soy crisps, as well as raw veggies and hummus trays) is available, the items on the “best avoided” list mean business.

    A Wawa coffee cake muffin, for instance, clocks in at 711 calories and 51 grams (12.75 teaspoons) of added sugar.

    Interested in the large (6 oz) side order of meatballs in a cup? You’re talking 548 calories, two days’ worth of saturated fat (41 grams!), and almost a day’s worth of sodium (1,788 mg!).

    Cinnabon is another “standout. A classic individual bun adds up to 710 calories and a day’s worth of saturated fat.

    If you’re in a daring mood, why not opt for a 900 calorie Caramel Pecanbon (a standard Cinnabon “topped with pecans and smothered with rich caramel”)?

    Or, you could always be reasonable and — if the cinnamon aroma has you in a trance — order a 300 calorie “Minibon” (bonus points for sharing half with someone else!).

    Over at Sbarro’s, portions are HUGE — and so are the calorie numbers.

    A Philly cheesesteak stuffed pizza (WHO comes up with these items?) delivers an 830 calorie punch along with 2,000 milligrams of sodium (you only need an additional 10% to reach your recommended daily limit,) while a single slice of deep dish spinach, broccoli, and tomato pizza provides 710 calories and two thirds of the daily sodium limit.

    Your best bet here as far as a pizza meal goes is a slice of the thin crust cheese variety (although it provides 1,050 milligrams of sodium, it contains less than 500 calories) accompanied with a lightly dressed garden salad.

    Skip the 560 calorie cheesecake and reach for a 130 calorie fruit salad instead.

    So are we in agreement that being a truck driver may just be the least healthy profession in this country?


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