Dining in the comfort of your own home is a new trend. But ordering delivery or take out may limit your healthy options. New studies have shown that eating out at restaurants along with take-home food had increased amount of calories rather than home style cooked meals. Fat and sodium were also high.
MORE CALORIES IN FAST FOOD AND FULL-SERVICED RESTAURANTS
Full-service restaurants provide food as a production. Many items such as oils and condiments, produce and meats are usually purchased in bulk whereas people are usually unaware whether they are healthy or not. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) provided sample data on U.S. dietary information, a new study from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition was performed.
More than 18 thousand adults were surveyed food consumption within a two-day period. One fourth ate at full-service restaurants about once per week. Approximately one third of participants ate fast food once or twice per week. When comparing calories versus the participants who ate at home, eating out averaged about 190 additional calories of consumption per day.
FAST FOOD , ADDITIONAL CONSUMPTION OF:
Calories: 190 kcal
Sodium: 300 mg
Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 300 mg
DINING IN FULL SERVICE RESTAURANTS, ADDITIONAL CONSUMPTION OF:
Sodium: 400 mg
Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
Cholesterol: 60 mg
HOME STYLE MEALS
Home cooked or home cooked styled meals is where healthy substitutions can be made to many ingredients. Some examples are swapping out cheese to reduced fat or using olive oil instead of canola.
There are also different types of cooking options such as whether meats are baked, grilled, steamed or boiled rather than fried. Making healthy substitutions may not be an easy take but there are private chefs that can assist you. Experienced chefs consider cooking an art with many creative options.
SUBJECTIVE NUTRITION CONTENT
Dining at restaurants showed a small difference in macronutrients but this topic can be very subjective due to the type of meal and value of nutrients.
There could be an assumption that dining out, you may receive an increased size of proportions. Sometimes you will be provided more vegetables, a grain or poultry which leaves a variable based on the selected item from the consumer. As these selected items are a benefit to your health, be aware that it will really depend on the cooking style and extra additives and condiments.
Menu labeling of nutritional information is only required for restaurant chains of twenty or more locations. However, even when this information is provided it’s not easily readable and quite easy for a consumer to ignore the information. This where people tend to consume more calories and over eat. The study has also showed obesity and middle-income is a factor that contributes to more fast-food eating.