After the gym, I would love nothing more than to go to a place that has everything I need to properly fuel up after a hard workout. Unfortunately, Muscle Maker Grill was a huge disappointment. Not only is the food dry and tasteless, but they claim that they’re “healthy”. Here is an illustration of why their food is tasteless…….
Muscle Maker Grill Falls Short of the Facts
That, in a nutshell is already reason enough to ward off any well informed diner. What is that shi’t? Low fat this, low fat that, whole grain this? Come on, how can ANYTHING taste good from this place? Salt and fat are what make the world go round. Stripping them away from food means very little taste.
To make matters worse, they don’t even offer alternatives. They had NO full fat cheese at all. All the cheese had no fat, except for the mozzarella, which was reduced fat. I went in there and ordered a simple burger. To be fair, the burger itself wasn’t that horrible, but I would rather have a Burger King Triple Stacker. I eat my burger without any bun, so my lean patty (hockey puck) and reduced fat (unstable) cheese didn’t do anything to my starvation other than piss me off.
Salt = taste. Every chef/good cook knows how important salt is to food. Salt is an extremely key ingredient to taste. Not only that, but restricting salt may have negative health consequences in the long run. Check out Chris Kresser’s brilliant article on the topic for more details.
Fat = satiety. Our bodies need saturated fat and these guys are hung up on the whole calories myth that demonizes saturated fats. We know that insulin is the primary hormone for storing energy and we know it’s primary trigger is carbs in the diet. The type of food we eat is responsible for our weight gain, not how much we actively consume. This isn’t a minor mistake, this is a big, misleading problem for a chain that’s trying to be “healthy”.
“Zero” fat sour cream? What the Hell do they put in it to replace the fat?! It’s either water or sugar. I’m willing to bet it’s a combination of both. The whole idea of calories in/calories out has been put in deep water by a number of scientific studies, including the Vermont Prison Study. There has also been increasing evidence over the years to show the effectiveness of low carbohydrate diets and saturated fat consumption.
Yes, that’s right. Saturated fat is NOT the bad guy when it comes to health in any way. Saturated fat is actually very important for a healthy diet. In fact, author Timothy Ferriss has a brilliant article on his website discussing some of the amazing benefits of saturated fat.
Whole Grain for the Win………Not…
Whole grains are being advertised here as a healthy alternative to white flour. The truth is, whole wheat/whole grain isn’t broken down much differently than processed flour by the GI track.
Here is an excerpt from Wheat Belly:
People are usually shocked when I tell them that whole wheat bread increases blood sugar to a higher level than sucrose.1 Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different, and often worse, than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a sugary candy bar.
A 1981 University of Toronto study launched the concept of the glycemic index, i.e., the comparative blood sugar effects of carbohydrates: the higher the blood sugar after consuming a specific food compared to glucose, the higher the glycemic index (GI). The original study showed that the GI of white bread was 69, while the GI of whole grain bread was 72 and Shredded Wheat cereal was 67, while that of sucrose (table sugar) was 59.2 Yes, the GI of whole grain bread is higher than that of sucrose. Incidentally, the GI of a Mars Bar nougat, chocolate, sugar, caramel, and all—is 68. That’s better than whole grain bread. The GI of a Snickers bar is 41—far better than whole grain bread.
You guy’s can go check out the related study as well. So if insulin is the most important hormones responsible for storing fat and carbs are the primary trigger for insulin, what’s healthy about whole grain bread?!? It breaks down into the blood stream just as fast as other crappy shi’t we try to avoid. Not only that, but grains are known to deplete vitamin D stores and interfere with vitamin D absorption.
The Finishing Blow
Muscle Maker Grill has no grounds on being healthy and absolutely no grounds on having good food. It doesn’t even have an alternative for people who would like to eat food that doesn’t taste like cardboard. At the end of the day, you’re better off going to Wendy’s and eating a Baconator without the bun than wasting your time and money on this horseshi’t.