about the Fast Food Diet illustrates a point I've made before: Fast
Food, because they publish information about the dietary contents for
each thing they make, is better for your diet than regular restaurants.
At regular restaurants, you never know when they've dumped an entire
stick of butter into that pasta dish, or those mashed potatoes. Or
creme fraiche, etc. In many cases, the number of calories a meal at a
restaurant has is twice what you may think it is. This is part of the
But, at least at fast food places, you can look at the dietary
information and choose foods that meet the correct calorie requirements.
When we were in Japan a couple years back, a lot of restaurants had the
calorie counts for each dish on the menu (including Dennys). There has
been some push in this country to require that as well, though of course
the various restaurant associations all cry foul at the thought.