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Fiber Falls Flat at Inauguration Luncheon

Fiber Falls Flat at Inauguration LuncheonIt’s Inauguration Day – and second only to interest in what the Obamas will be wearing (ok, what she will be wearing), is what they will be eating.

The official Presidential Inaugural website lists today’s luncheon details, with recipes and wine selections, for the three-course meal.

First Course Menu:

  • Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce, Sauteed Spinach, and Sweet Potato Hay

Second Course:

  • Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake and Wild Huckleberry Reduction, Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans, Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage

Third Course:

  • Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese, and Honey

Registered Dietitian Rachel Berman from analyzed the nutrition content of this year’s Inaugural Luncheon, and came up with these numbers (all three courses, not including booze):

  • 3,027 calories
  • 145 g fat
  • 71 g saturated fat
  • 9,752 mg sodium (!)
  • 313 g carbohydrate
  • 26 g fiber
  • 186 g sugar

Savvy students of nutrition will recall that the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for dietary fiber is 14 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed.

While at first glance, 26 grams of fiber in a meal might look impressive, compared to the 3,000 calorie count total of the three courses, it really is not that good of a fiber showing.

For 3,000 calories, you should be eating 42 grams of fiber – meaning that this meal clocks in at just 62% of the recommended amount of fiber. Not great, but certainly better than Obama’s 50% approval rating this week.

Here’s to hoping that the next four years will bring better numbers and outcomes for both the White House’s fiber count, and our Commander-in-Chief.

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