Fast food chains are bad. Very bad. Do we all agree that fast food = bad? Good! But what about sit-down restaurants? We all seem to have a common understanding that full-service food establishments will deliver better nutrition. The research, however, comes down hard on restaurants: according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet— and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint. And diners consume more calories when eating at the restaurant than they do if they take the food home!
When you live in a city, it’s often more convenient to eat out than cook a meal at home. When you do, just be mindful of the restaurant’s approach to ingredients — what they are, how they’re sourced, and how they’re prepared. The more boxes they check — local, seasonal, plant-based, low-salt, low-fat — the better!