WH inaugural luncheon: 3000 calories?
posted at 2:26 pm on January 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Do as we say, not as we do. Unlike some others, I have no problem with the First Lady’s efforts to push for awareness of the health choices of our food — as long as the “awareness” doesn’t turn into mandates and legislation, or in edicts like the Big Apple’s Big Gulp ban. But if one wants to impress upon others the need to watch caloric and fat intake, shouldn’t that mean a personal demonstration of restraint? Apparently not, as Diets in Review calculates with help from Calorie Count:
One full serving is more than 3,000 calories! Lobster in clam chowder sauce, grilled bison and a finish of rich apple pie with homemade ice cream take no time to zip past a single day’s calorie reserve.CalorieCount.com‘s Rachel Berman, RD, CSR, CDN – who compiled this year’s Inaugural Luncheon nutritional statistics – was a little shocked by the numbers, too, and felt that although it’s fine and even healthy to treat ourselves once in a while, the figures were a bit too to justify.
“It’s OK to indulge every once in awhile and if the Presidential Inauguration isn’t a special, celebratory occasion to do so, I don’t know what is,” she said. “However, in light of the first lady’s obesity initiatives and the fact that the menu was made public, it was definitely a missed opportunity for nutrition education, for example, to offer lightened-up recipe alternatives (even if just on the website).”
Steamed lobster, New England clam chowder, hickory-grilled bison, and Hudson Valley apple pie with sour cream ice cream? Sounds delicious! But with Time Magazine and the CSPI griping about the Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta, which also rings up 3,000 calories, it’ll be interesting to see whether the same outrage greets the White House for its selection.