Re: New food choices in parks....
- From: "Rudeney" <rudeney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 11:10:43 -0500
Oh, I'm so glad there's someone else out there who's not as enamored with Subway as the general public seems to be. Not even considering the "health" factor, I just think the food there tastes AWFUL! They use the WORST quality meats (turkey was like that reconstituted, water-pumped, mushy substance - completely nasty), stale bread, etc. I also tend to lean "low-carb" but will "cheat" for quality carbs (like truly good bread - Subway bread tempts me not at all).
Yes, there are so many other good sandwich shops. I like Jason's Deli and Schlotzsky's much better.
As I'm sure you've found, eating low-carb can get pretty expensive - a lot more expensive than eating a typical carb-laden American diet (at least I have found this to be the case - especially during the first two weeks of South Beach).
You are correct! One of the things mentioned in Sugar Busters was to expect your grocery bill to increase. At first I didn't believe it, but I finally did come to realize that quality foods are more expensive. Instead of buying the usual white breads, we have switched to healthier whole-grains with more fiber and they are easily twice the price. We've always eaten a lot of meat, so there's not much difference there, but switching from cheap corn and potato vegetables to fresh, high-fiber vegetables definitely made a difference. Also, we try to eat a garden salad with every meal and that can get expensive, too.
Since most WDW visitors are working with a vacation budget (otherwise there'd be no need for Value and Moderate resorts, right?), food expenses are a serious consideration. Since WDW can offer less healthy items (cheaper to produce) at a price that's more affordable for the average family than higher quality (and thus usually more healthy) items, they'll sell more food, make more money. Burgers, hot dogs, pizza cost less to produce than grilled chicken breast over tossed salad, tuna on whole grain bread, etc.
So many people wanting a quick meal will turn to burgers and pizza instead of a salad or quality deli sandwich. I guess that's part of the marketing for Subway, but their main selling point is a lack of fat. One day, people will wake-up and realize that consumed fat does not get stored in the body but quickly-digestible carbohydrates do.
However, as theme park (stadium, state fair) dining goes, I think WDW does a good job of making healthful options available.
Definitely. One thing I do like is being able to find a counter-service good salad in all the parks. I have found that after walking around in the hot Florida weather, a cool salad is a much more refreshing than a heavy burger or pizza.
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