Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet

Are sit-down restaurants more unhealthy than fast food? A recent study suggests so

by Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN
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So what can you do? Eating out is a fact of life, but one that should be approached with knowledge and caution. There is no doubt that the study highlights one of the routes we take in our overconsumption of food. The components targeted in this research are linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

“Overall, the results of this study demonstrate that calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium levels are alarmingly high in breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals from multiple chain SDRs. Therefore, addressing the nutritional profile of restaurant meals should be a major public health priority,” the researchers concluded.

The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Reviewed by Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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