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Some restaurants are serving sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries. How do their nutritional values compare?

Some restaurants are serving sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries. How do their nutritional values compare?

Processed food - meh: Doubtful if fresh cut. Processed food is all about additives and salt. Both potatoes and sweets have nutrients. Balanced diet is key. Don't make a habit of all brown meals. ...Read more

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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


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Can people usually ask for the nutrition facts when they go to fast food restaurants when they ask for the menus?

Can people usually ask for the nutrition facts when they go to fast food restaurants when they ask for the menus?

Not so much: When going to "fast food" restaurants, people are often in too much of a hurry to ask about nutrition facts before buying and gobbling. More and more such restaurants are posting this information, though -- so you can look it up online before going. In some cases it's right on each item on the menu when you get there. ...Read more

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Am type1diabetic, hv tried to find app that shows diff. Restaurants w/nutrition info since count carbs (religiously!); help w/ spec. App=restaur.=crbs?

Am type1diabetic, hv tried to find app that shows diff. Restaurants w/nutrition info since count carbs (religiously!); help w/ spec. App=restaur.=crbs?

Local Problem: I do not believe that mississippi forces restaurants to display and supply their nutrition information like other states do. But that would be a local matter that those of us on health tap cannot provide. ...Read more

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How can I eat healthy at italian restaurants?

How can I eat healthy at italian restaurants?

Healthy choices: By choosing wisely. If portions are large, split a meal with a friend- or take the rest home. Baked is better than fried. Don't have a sugar drink, drink water. Don't go hungry- have a fresh fruit before going out- and try to skip the processed bread roll with the butter on it. Its all about making healthy choices and eating in moderation. ...Read more

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I periodically get severe diarrhea within 15 mins of eating spaghetti. Never happens with homemade, always old-school Italian restaurants.

I periodically get severe diarrhea within 15 mins of eating spaghetti. Never happens with homemade, always old-school Italian restaurants.

Spaghetti: I am not an expert on spaghetti but it sounds like you are sensitive to an ingredient used in restaurant spaghetti. It sounds like you may have to leave it off your menu. Make sure you hydrate when this occurs. ...Read more

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Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Lots of people: More risky than food sitting around under hot lamps is many people handling the food, most without sanitizing their hands. It is always a good idea to take a scoop of the potato casserole from the new batch than scooping out the last remnants of the old one. ...Read more

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What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

Many items: Some customers notoriously do not wash their hands often, even after using the bathroom. Bathroom faucets, soap dispensers, towel dispensers, door handles carry many germs. Use paper towel to turn off water & open door to leave. Condiment dispensers & menus are infrequently sanitized; so carry hand sanitizer with you to prevent transferring others' germs to your mouth/food. [more in comment]. ...Read more

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What are healthy options for my kids on kids restaurant menus?

What are healthy options for my kids on kids restaurant menus?

Non-fried foods: Restaurant foods are often not made to be healthy but are made to taste good so customers will return. That means restaurant foods will have more oil, more salt, or more sugar than home-made foods. Grilled chicken breast is good, but usually the menu item is fried chicken strips. Spaghetti with red sauce is ok, unless the sauce is too oily. A hamburger without mayo; with steamed veggies is ok. ...Read more

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Which is better health-wise: eating at a restaurant or at home?

Which is better health-wise: eating at a restaurant or at home?

Home: I will generalize for a moment, but eating at home is far healthier than out. The food industry creates processed foods with textures, flavors, smells and colors to stimulate pleasurable senses. However, the result of this is generally poor nutrition with high levels of fat, salt and sugar. ...Read more

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Help please. When I go out to eat at restaurants, what are the healthiest things I can order?

Help please. When I go out to eat at restaurants, what are the healthiest things I can order?

Not much: Restaurants are very sensitive to the tastes of their customers and want them to come back. So they load their food with salt and fat which significantly adds to the taste - and isn't that why you went there? A few places will describe the "healthy" or heat friendly nature of some items - but these should be ordered with caution. The best health food is at home under your control. ...Read more

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If I need to use restroom on bus trip, should I wait till at restaurant or station or go on bus?

If I need to use restroom on bus trip, should I wait till at restaurant or station or go on bus?

Bus, why not?: As a urologist, I always recommend frequent voiding to prevent urinary infections and promote bladder health.

Although many people despise public toilets, especially those that do not flush, the actual transmission of disease is exceedingly rare as long as you take care to clean your hands by washing, using cleansing gels, or wipes. ...Read more

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What makes mcdonalds food so unhealthy? What's the difference between their burgers, and the average burger you cook at home, or other restaurants?

What makes mcdonalds food so unhealthy? What's the difference between their burgers, and the average burger you cook at home, or other restaurants?

Fat and salt: Fast foods, mcdonalds and others are often high in saturated fats and salt, both of which are not healthy. The same may be true of burgers cooked at home and in restaurants, depending on the quality of meat and cooking process. ...Read more

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Is prepackage food healthy or restaurant or home meals?

Is prepackage food healthy or restaurant or home meals?

Home meals healthy: Meals prepared properly at home are probably the most healthy you can regulate how much salt, fats and other ingredients go into your meals. You also choose the ways they are prepared and the proportion sides you want. So it would be best if possible to prepare your own meals at home. ...Read more

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What are some healthy choices when eating out at restaurants?

What are some healthy choices when eating out at restaurants?

A protein and fiber: A protein relatively void of saturated fat such as fish or lean meat, along with a high fiber vegetable is a fairly healthy combination for a meal. The protein slows gastric emptying making you feel full longer and the fibrous vegetable pushes the nutrients to the lower small intestine releasing other hormones that fills you up and decreases the absorption of bad fats. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Yes: Yes, why not? Educate them. Introduce them to new cultures and foods. If spiciness is a concern, ask the waiter to make it mild for the kids. I'm not sure what you're really asking. ...Read more

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Why am I always cold when everyone else in the same room is not? Restaurants, meeting rooms, etc.

Why am I always cold when everyone else in the same room is not? Restaurants, meeting rooms, etc.

I am not sure: There are certain conditions, such as thyroid disorders, that may cause this. See a dr. And get an exam with some testing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can people with HIV work on restaurants?

Can people with HIV work on restaurants?

Likely: I am not aware that HIV testing is required for getting a job at a restaurant. ...Read more

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What is chinese restaurant syndrome--or isn't it ral?

What is chinese restaurant syndrome--or isn't it ral?

Agree w Dr. Kimm: Chinese Food often contains Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which is classified by the FDA as a flavor enhancer that is “generally recognized as safe”. Per Mayo Clinic- research hasn't shown a definite link btwn MSG & “MSG Symptom Complex” which may include: headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck, etc, palpitations, chest pain, nausea or weakness.> ...Read more

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Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Homes: The number of homes versus restaurants and the lack of knowledge of how to correctly prepare and store food would greatly outweight the number of food poisoning in homes. ...Read more

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Hearing difficulties getting worse in restaurants. Time for eval?

Hearing difficulties getting worse in restaurants. Time for eval?

Yes: If you cannot hear well in background noise you may have problem with sensorineural deafness or presbyacusis. Needs to be checked. ...Read more

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Can a celiac patient have the cheese dip at mexican restaurants?

Can a celiac patient have the cheese dip at mexican restaurants?

Depends: It will depend on what went into that dip. You will have to ask each individual restaurant. When in doubt, best to avoid.
Also, casein in dairy can sometimes look like gluten to the body. Everyone can be different. Some people also have dairy sensitivities. ...Read more

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Why don't restaurants have smoking sections anymore?

Why don't restaurants have smoking sections anymore?

Smoking is bad.: Second hand smoke is dangerous to those exposed. In light of this, some restaurants have prohibited smoking altogether. Smoke from the smoking sections can of course waft to other parts of the restaurant. ...Read more

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What can consumers do when they eat in restaurants to prevent food borne illnesses?

What can consumers do when they eat in restaurants to prevent food borne illnesses?

Wash, eat well-done: Some can't be prevented: food handler doesn't wash after bathroom, if restaurant doesn't follow health rules. Nyc has health grades (a, b, c, "grade pending", closed), posted on the window, near the door; not a bad idea.
Assuming the place is clean, eating undercooked food is the best way to increase risk. Rare steak ok-outside cooked, rare inside is sterile. Rare burger can't tell where it was. ...Read more

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Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Contamination: There have been problems with salmonella and listeria food poisoning, unfortunately. The same moist, warm conditions you need to grow sprouts can be similarly luscious for bacteria to grow too. You can grow your own at home, but be very careful to keep things clean. . ...Read more