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Restaurant Food Analyzed and Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 05:01

Restaurant Food Analyzed and Approved
Ever wonder how healthy your dine-out meal really is? One Cincinnati hospital evaluates local menus to award "heart-healthy" status to worthy meals. Learn how you can detect the analyzed options.

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Going out to eat can be an obstacle standing between you and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but a new initiative at The Christ Hospital helps change that healthy-eating hindrance.

 

The Christ Hospital recently began partnering with local restaurants to promote heart health through recipe analysis. Participating restaurants submit recipes from their menu, and The Christ Hospital analyzes the recipe through Nutribase software.

 

Recipes that are deemed "heart healthy" earn The Christ Hospital tower symbol next to them on the menu. So when you are scanning the menu looking for a delicious, nutritious choice and see The Christ Hospital tower, you can rest assured in knowing that that dish meets the heart-healthy standards. To meet those standards, the meal must contain (based on 2,000 daily calories):

 

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Fewer than 20 grams total fat

Fewer than seven grams saturated fat

Fewer than 800 milligrams sodium

Fewer than 100 milligrams cholesterol.

 

So what if the recipe doesn't make the cut? A registered nutritionist from The Christ Hospital makes recommendations on recipe changes to make the meal healthier while maintaining the flavor. And if the recipe does earn The Christ Hospital tower symbol, the hospital staff still will check back with the restaurant to be sure that the correct recipe and portion sizes are still in place.

 

Recipes at Relish Restaurant Group restaurants like JeanRo Bistro, Chalk Food & Wine and Local 127 have been analyzed by the Nutribase software. "Our organization is pushing the farm to table movement," Relish Marketing Director Summer Crenshaw says. "The analysis is a great way to highlight that not only does the local food from area farmers taste great, but [it is] also healthy."

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You can find a full list of participating restaurants at TheChristHospital.com/Restaurants. Also on the site, you can find specific dishes that have earned the tower symbol.

 

The hospital also welcomes more restaurants to join in the heart-health movement. Interested restaurants can contact Cheri Miller, coordinator of The Christ Hospital Restaurant Partnership, at (513) 585-0500 to learn more about the enrollment and nutrition analysis process.

 

"The initial response from local restaurants has been phenomenal and includes a wide range of foods for all kinds of tastes," Miller says. "As additional restaurants express interest in joining the program, we expect to be able to expand the list of dining options well into the future."



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