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Darden Restaurants gets Healthy Dining approval


Orlando-based Darden Restaurantshas joined Healthy Dining and the online resource, which helps diners find low-fat and low-calorie fare.

Some of the dishes from Darden's chains began appearing this week on

California-based Healthy Dining has worked with hundreds of restaurants and analyzed their nutrition content. It developed in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association and with partial funding from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consumers can search the Web site by restaurant name, price range, take-out availability, and more.

To get the Healthy Dining approval, entrees must generally have less than 750 calories, 25 fat grams and eight saturated fat grams. Appetizers, side dishes and desserts must have no more than 250 calories, eight fat grams and three saturated fat grams.


Darden dishes that are listed on include Red Lobster'ssteamed live Maine lobster, Olive Garden's Venetian apricot chicken, LongHorn Steakhouse's citrus grilled chicken, The Capital Grille's sesame seared tuna with gingered rice; Seasons 52's lemongrass salmon salad with organic field lettuce; and Bahama Breeze's crab, shrimp, mango & avocado stack.