Why restaurant food is unhealthy as fast version, by study

Why restaurant food is unhealthy as fast version, by study

Why restaurant food is unhealthy as fast version, by study.

A MEAL in a restaurant might seem to be healthier than one eaten in a fast-food outlet, but according to a new study eating out at either location leads to a much greater consumption of calories than eating a meal prepared at home.

Meals consumed in restaurants were judged to contain higher levels of sodium and cholesterol than those consumed in fast-food outlets and at home.

The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that Americans eating out at either fast-food outlets or full-service restaurants would typically consume 200 calories more per day than when staying at home for meals.

“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service
restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating
at a fast-food outlet,” states study author
Ruopeng An. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of
overeating in a full-service restaurant than when
eating fast food.”

Prof. An, a kinesiology and community health
professor at the University of Illinois, analyzed
data from the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2003-10,
looking at the eating habits of 18,098 adults
living in the United States (US).
In particular, An measured daily intake of total
calories and 24 nutrients considered to be of
public health concern, including sodium and
cholesterol.
He discovered that eating in full-service
restaurants was just as unhealthy as eating at
fast-food outlets. The main problem with eating
in restaurants was found to be that diners would
typically consume more sodium and cholesterol in
their meals than elsewhere.
“People who ate at full-service restaurants
consumed significantly more cholesterol per day
than people who ate at home,” An explains. “This
extra intake of cholesterol, about 58 mg per day,
accounts for 20 per cent of the recommended
upper bound of total cholesterol intake of 300 mg
per day.”
In comparison, people eating at fast-food outlets
consume 10 mg more cholesterol than people
eating at home.
Even though people eating in restaurants would
take in more healthy nutrients such as potassium
and omega-3 fatty acids than people eating at
home or in fast-food outlets, they would be
consuming significantly large amounts of two
nutrients – cholesterol and sodium – that
Americans tend to eat too much of already, even
at home.
High sodium intake increases risk of hypertension
and heart disease And found that an individual’s daily sodium intake would be increased on average by 300 mg by eating at a fast-food outlet and by 412 mg by eating in a restaurant
“The additional sodium is even more worrisome
because the average daily sodium intake among
Americans is already so far above the recommended upper limit, posing a significant
public health concern, such as hypertension and
heart disease,” the researcher says.

Source: The Guardian

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