Healthy eating at Taste of Chicago? Think again

Humana’s list needs to be taken with a grain of salt, so to speak. True it lists main courses that are less than 500 calories and have less than 500 mgs of sodium. But who eats only one main dish at Taste?

I was amused to see recently that insurance company Humana put out a list of so-called healthy food choices at Taste of Chicago, an annual mega-food fest here in the Windy City that ended last Sunday.

Taste of Chicago has gotten smaller in recent years, but the food offerings are still more than I can eat on a  restricted diet.
Taste of Chicago has gotten smaller in recent years, but the food offering are still more than I can eat on a restricted diet.

The last time I went to Taste was 1994, long before my heart surgery. The event is smaller and doesn’t last as long these days as it did then, but it’s still all about eating. Area restaurants set up tents and sell their specialties, so you can go wild trying everything in sight. I don’t even go near it now because I know it would throw me off my restricted diet.

So Humana’s list intrigued me. Had the offering changed that much in the 20 years since I’d last gone, I wondered?

No, not really. Humana’s list needs to be taken with a grain of salt, so to speak. True it lists main courses that are less than 500 calories and have less than 500 mgs of sodium. But who eats only one main dish at Taste? Add in one of Humana’s recommended appetizers and you have another 300 mgs of sodium; add a recommended dessert and you’re at the 1,100 mgs of sodium, within site of my daily limit. And that would be just one meal in a day.

So it sounds like I’ll keep away from Taste in years to come. Nice try Humana, if I were somehow forced to go, I would look to your list to minimize the damage to my body,
John
John

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