A dietitian's guide to Disneyland
The Orange County Register's Yvette Cabrera invited a dietitian
to join her on a visit to Disneyland
recently, to check out the food options at the park.
Healthy eating has become a popular issue for theme parks, as parks announce plans to eliminate trans fats from their menus, and to offer other healthier dining options, especially for kids.
A Bloomberg report last year blasted the Magic Kingdom for its oversized, fat-laden fare. But Cabrera and dietitian Linda M. Gigliotti, from UC Irvine, found a reassuring number of healthy options this month at Disneyland.
"Sometimes the problem when you get into a controlled environment is that you're really stuck with what they have there," says Gigliotti. "I thought given the environment that it is, that they did have a good range of choices. There were vegetarian items; there were some low-fat items."
She especially liked the vending carts loaded with items like freshly cut fruit, trail mixes, and water, and felt they were as accessible as the carts selling popcorn or ice cream bars.
Are you looking for better food options at your favorite theme park? What have you found?
Well what I found at Disney World in regards to healthy eating. Granted, its not probably still the healthiest, but its better than the usual fattening stuff. Note most of this is chicken or wraps of some sort!
Ms. Cabrera, quit telling us what to eat. The problem has little to do with quality and everything to do with shoveling piles of food down one's gullet in an orgy of mindless gluttony. After all, we live in a country where thin people are called anorexic and fat people are called big & beautiful. Eat what you like but eat less and spare the world your extra carbon.
Smoked turkey legs. Sushi. Vegetarian wraps. Noodles. There are alternatives to the other 3 food groups (burgers, fries and shakes) in all 4 parks. You just have to make a conscious choice to find it (and then pay for it).
Um, Mark, what's the deal? I didn't read that column as calling for a ban on any food, just an attempt to see if there were some healthy options available, too.
By the way, here are my favorite theme park restaurants from visits over the past two years, ranked only by distance from my house:
I really gotta try Mythos!
I have to agree with Robert. I have had nothing but great food from Catals and the Uva bar. Had some problems with Jazz Kitchen, but I think it was a really bad waiter that did some interpretive billing. Had some problems with reservations and not being able to actually reserve.
I don't know about others, but I find myself desiring healthy options even MORE when I'm out theme parking. I'm out there running around being active all day. I know that eating unhealthy foods will make me feel unhealthy in that situation. A big greasy fried meal will slow me down and leave me feeling bleh. I'd rather have something lite and healthy that will keep me energetic and feeling good.
The theme parks are starting to sell fresh fruit!
I noticed more fresh fruit at Disneyland. It is in the Safari area, but it was also on a Main Street cart.
I can't get over 'dietician' being spelled 'dietitian'. Maybe it's our common language corrupted by the Atlantic Otean [sic]?
You know, Keith, that looked weird to me, too, but that's the way it was in the original article, and it passed spell check, too. I look it up on Dictionary.com, and the two spellings were both offered as correct. Perhaps that's the preferred spelling by folks who do that work these days? Anyway, given that both appear correct, I went with what was in the original.
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