Restaurant Meals May Be as Bad for Your Waistline as Fast Food.
A new study finds that when Americans dine out, whether at a full-service or fast-foot outlet, they consume nearly 200 more calories than when they eat at home. The investigators also found that restaurant goers consume more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium than those who eat meals prepared at home. Lead investigator Dr. Ruopeng An writes, “These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet… My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet and not overeat is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and to avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2015