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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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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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What are some tips for healthy eating when going out to a restaurant or party?

What are some tips for healthy eating when going out to a restaurant or party?

Be assertive: Order exactly what you need and how you want your food. Don't let the waiter/cook add extra fat you don't need or want. Order salad dressing "on the side, " so you are in control of what you consume. Ask what also comes on on the plate, and modify according to your needs. A good way to cut down on portion size is to share an entree, and maybe a salad, with a friend. Drink only water or tea. Good luck! ...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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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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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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I noticed KFC restaurant has gone to styrofoam containers for hot mashed potatoes. I have eaten from these containers many times and have noticed a bad chemical taste when I get to the bottom of the container. Is my health in danger long term? How?

I noticed KFC restaurant has gone to styrofoam containers for hot mashed potatoes. I have eaten from these containers many times and have noticed a bad chemical taste when I get to the bottom of the container. Is my health in danger long term? How?

Plastic containers: Of any kind can put toxins into food, especially when heated. This MAY be just one more source of collecting toxins in the body. Anything we can do to eliminate toxins is good. Please do not re-heat in any type of plastic or use Teflon frying pans. Some people naturally detox better than others. Peace and good health. ...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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How do you stick with a healthy diet to manage your diabetes when you work in a restaurant?

How do you stick with a healthy diet to manage your diabetes when you work in a restaurant?

You have to find way: You need to find the right food even in a restaurant no simple carbs like sucrose, fructose and glucose, cut down on carbs and do not over eat because you are in a reastaurant. ...Read more