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Restaurant Food Just As Fattening As Fast Food

A nutrition researcher at the University of Illinois analyzed data from 2003-2010 on over 18,000 subjects and concluded that eating out at restaurants was just as fattening as eating fast food. That will probably shock many people who think eating out is wholesome. Most of the added calories came in the form of added fat. The restaurant food also contained much higher amounts of sodium and cholesterol. On average, home cooked meals averaged about 200 calories less than restaurant food. Surprisingly, fast food contained even less calories than restaurant food. The fast food averaged 190 calories more than home cooked meals. Eating out at restaurants puts you at a greater risk for weight gain than eating at fast food restaurants and at home.

The Conclusion: Restaurant Food Just As Fattening As Fast Food

The take home message from this article is that it is always better too prepare your own food when possible. The problem many have in our fast pace world is that food is convenient. Its available everywhere quite literally. In the USA, there is rarely food insecurity. Most people can stop anywhere and get anything. Most people would be better served taking the time to prepare their own food. They would have a smaller food bill and a smaller waist line to boot. Like the old saying goes “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jun;100(6):2339-46.

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