Red Lobster & Olive Garden To Cut Calories And Sodium In Their Menus

Red Lobster & Olive Garden To Cut Calories And Sodium In Their Menus
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First Lady Michelle Obama joined executives for the announcement last week.

Emma Hutchings
  • 19 september 2011

Darden Restaurants, the company that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, has pledged to reduce the calories and sodium in its offerings by 10% over the next five years and 20% over the next ten years. At the announcement, attended by First Lady Michelle Obama (healthy food advocate and leader of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity), Darden also said that fruit or vegetables will become the default side dish options on the children’s menu, with milk as the default beverage. Drew Madsen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Darden Restaurants, said:

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