It’s January, when thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions, gym memberships and healthy eating. We decided it was time to find out what’s in the local restaurant food we love to eat.
We ordered 12 standard takeout portions from the area’s favourite restaurants. A chemistry lab accredited by the Standards Council of Canada tested each for the values listed below.
MOE PANCER’S DELI — PASTRAMI SANDWICH (WITH MUSTARD)
SATAY ON THE ROAD — PAD THAI
BYMARK RESTAURANT — BYMARK BURGER
DUFF’S FAMOUS WINGS — HOT WINGS (WITH TWO CELERY STICKS)
PENROSE FISH & CHIPS — FISH AND CHIPS
SCARAMOUCHE RESTAURANT — COCONUT CREAM PIE
C’EST BON RESTAURANT — SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
CENTRO RESTAURANT — YUKON GOLD GNOCCHI
EDO-KO CASUAL JAPANESE DINING — SHRIMP TEMPURA
CALIFORNIA SANDWICHES — VEAL SANDWICH (BREADED WITH ONIONS AND TOMATO SAUCE)
TERRONI — QUATTRO STAGIONI
AMAYA’S BREAD BAR — BUTTER CHICKEN (WITH RICE)
Health Canada uses a 2,000-calorie diet as the benchmark for percentage of daily value on nutritional labelling, and so did we. Subsequent values for total fat and carbohydrates are derived as a percentage of that diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Daily value for sodium applies to most people, regardless of caloric intake. For protein, intakes are generally adequate and are not a health concern for Canadians who have access to a mixed diet.
SOURCE: Health Canada website. Caloric intake will vary depending on weight,
height, age and activity level. To find out what your recommended daily caloric
intake level is, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fnan/ nutrition/reference/table/index-eng.php