Why 600 Calories?
This is the main factor that makes a meal a ThinDish. The Food and Drug Administration uses a 2,000 calorie diet
as a general reference level for nutrition labeling. ThinDish's upper limit of 600 calories per one meal is 30
percent of total daily calories, a reasonable amount to allow for three meals and one to two small snacks per
day. However many ThinDishes have fewer than 600 calories.
The ThinDish guideline for a high protein meals is greater than or equal to 30 percent of calories from protein.
Although there is no standardized definition of a high protein diet, many health professionals agree that 10 to
35 percent of total calories should come from protein. Normal protein intake is between 12 and 16 percent of
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) suggest 2,300 mg daily as a
tolerable level of sodium. People who are older or have certain health conditions may need to restrict sodium
even further. Many people consume more than this and, in fact, the average daily sodium intake is 3,400 mg. To
adhere to the DGA, all low sodium ThinDishes have less than or equal to 700 mg of sodium, approximately 30
percent of the tolerable daily level of sodium.
The USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that daily total fat be limited to 20 to 35
percent of calories. A 2,000 calorie diet should consist of 44 to 78 total fat grams daily. In keeping with the
DGA, each ThinDish contains less than or equal to 20 grams of total fat. Less than 20 grams of fat per meal
adheres to a 2,000 calorie diet with less than 30 percent of calories from fat. Many dishes contain
significantly fewer than 20 grams of fat.
The ThinDish guideline for a low carb dish is less than or equal to 40 percent of calories from carbohydrate,
which is in alignment with many popular low carbohydrate diets.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nutrition recommendations for people with diabetes depend on
individual factors such as weight goals, physical activity level, and health condition. Many health care
professionals agree that people with diabetes should follow an eating plan with 45 to 65 percent of calories
from carbohydrate. Diabetic friendly ThinDishes contain less than or equal to 60 grams of total carbohydrate.
ThinDishes considered gluten free do not contain gluten or ingredients that are any species of the grains wheat,
rye, barley, or a crossbred hybrid of these grains.
The USDA National Organic Program requires products labeled “organic” to consist of at least 95
percent organically produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). Organic ThinDishes are made from at least
95 percent organic ingredients.
ThinDishes considered nut free should not contain
peanuts or tree nuts, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, and
cashews. Other food in the restaurant may contain nuts, also nuts may be present in food preparation areas that
could cross contaminate the dish. If you or anyone has an allergy to nuts, please inform the restaurant of your
condition before ordering.
ThinDishes considered dairy/lactose free contain no milk or dairy products or ingredients derived from milk or
Kosher ThinDishes conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework.
ThinDishes considered vegan are entirely plant based. These dishes do not contain foods derived from animals
including meat, dairy, and eggs.