I am in Seattle for a technical conference for Microsoft. I have to walk 8 blocks or so each way to the conference center, and on my way back, I noticed the sign hanging above my head from Protein Planet – Low Carb Cafe. It was 6pm, and they were already closed. A “Low Carb Café” though made me optimistic. What if they had actually implemented what I always wanted – a low carb café where one could order anything and not have worry about off limits ingredients? I posted to Facebook my photo, and sure enough everyone had the same excited reaction — when can I get one in my city? From the outside, they certainly featured “Naked wraps.”
Reality though was quite different. The company is very focused on the Smoothie’s they sell. The smoothie’s reportedly are 65g net carbs each and feature fruits and wheat germ. I stopped in the restaurant for lunch today to see what else they sold. I was dismayed by what I found being sold in the purportedly low carb café. The soda rack featured as many regular, HFCS-filled soda as it did diet sodas. The shelves of food featured soy crisps and other crackers. They weren’t wheat filled at least I thought. On the back wall though, I saw their other feature – rice bowls for beef, chicken, and other meat. I am not sure rice (!) bowls are on any low carb diet as most specifically say eliminate the “whites” as the first step. The only nod to low carb inside the story was the “naked wraps,” but they offered soup with it. The soup may or may not have low carb as it was not mentioned. No where in the store did I see a mention of net carbs on any of the menu billboards.
Ironically, this was after my video about Dreamfield’s Pasta and their dubious nature. I was pleased to see those were relatively low carb or at least did not impact my blood glucose. I was disappointed to find out the opposite was true for this mirage. It appeared to be what most low carbers have always wanted — a commercial place dedicated to their needs; sadly, reality was much different. I would much rather simply get an “Unwich” from Jimmy John’s. At least then I would know what I would be getting. It shows finally that don’t get too excited about a product, company, etc. until you know all the details or at least how it affects you. With low carb, I often suggest those who are skeptics (like I was 9 years ago) to educate themselves and at least try it before placing judgment.
Browse around like I did the “Low Carb Cafe,” and determine if it is for you. If it enables you to lose the weight and gives you more energy like me, keep going.