Since these nuts, pretzels, and other munchies are free of charge, restaurants and bars often don’t set out a fresh serving for each new customer. It's like eating out of a stranger's hand! Then at closing time they're dumped back into a container, to be re-poured into dishes the next day. DISGUSTING!
Sure, you think you are being healthy by ordering the raspberry tea on the menu instead of a sugary soda. I get it. But, given how tea is dispensed in some eateries, you would be appalled at the condition of the tea dispenser that is filling your cup. A service industry blog, “I Got Stiffed,” claims that the tea dispensers themselves found in restaurants can be absolutely disgusting, and warns that the spouts of the tea dispensers can be neglected (resulting in a nasty buildup of mold and other gunk). ICK!
Also, if you are drinking a non-organic raspberry-flavored tea, there is a good chance you’re drinking castoreum. What is castoreum? According to Food Republic, it is an artificial flavoring that is extracted from the anal glands of beavers. WHAT?!? All artificial flavors come from somewhere and some of them are absolutely revolting! Find out more about what could be lurking in your restaurant or grocery store tea, here.
It's such a bummer that we have to be so cautious when we go out to eat these days. Yes, the food may taste good, but what is it made of? How many calories and trans fat does it contain? Is it properly cooked? Are there hidden chemicals? Will I get sick eating this? So many questions to answer while scouring the menu and picking out something you're in the mood for, all the while making sure it's a healthy choice.
If you want to make sure you are eating healthy while out and about, check out which restaurants to avoid here.
Be smart. Have fun. Stay healthy. Enjoy life. 🙂
Have you had a bad restaurant food experience? Or, have you found a healthy restaurant you love? Let me know in the comments below!
Yours in Health & Happiness,
P.S. Drinking a cup of Oolong tea before heading out to eat will help keep those cravings at bay. It will also keep you from overindulging and feeling miserable. Always make sure to have some Oolong tea on hand and brew up a cup (or pop a capsule) before an evening out!
Resources: http://health.com, http://rd.com