If you think eating at a full-service restaurant is a healthier option than settling for fast food, you are probably wrong.
Obviously much depends on what you actually order, but a recent study has revealed most meals at more refined establishments only contain marginally less calories, fat and sodium than anything you’d find on a fast food menu.
“People don’t know much about the food provided by full-service restaurants and if it is better or healthier compared to fast food or compared to food prepared and consumed at home,” says Ruopeng An, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.
The answer to optimal healthy eating, of course, is preparing food at home, where you’re 100% sure of everything that goes into your meals.
According to a survey of 18,000 American adults, participants who ate at fast food restaurants consumed an average of 190 more calories per day, 11 grams more fat, 3.5 g more saturated fat, 10 mg extra cholesterol and 300 mg additional sodium than those who ate at home.
Participants who dined at full-service restaurants consumed about 187 more calories per day compared to those who ate food prepared at home, 10 more grams of fat, 2.5 g more saturated fat, almost 60 mg more cholesterol and over 400 mg more sodium.
So, to conclude: take control of your ingredients, be an adult, and make your own food at home.