Healthy Eating Out
Having the occasional restaurant meal does not make or break a pattern of healthy eating. However, eating out regularly can make it hard to avoid extra fat, calories, and salt and to maintain adequate fibre intakes. In most restaurants, the liberal use of sauces, the limited menu choices, and the quantity of food offered in some restaurants make it difficult to control the intake of fat, calories, and salt. On the bright side, more and more restaurants are offering healthier choices, often identifying these items on the menu with a little heart as a symbol of being “heart-healthy”. So eating out occasionally can be part of a healthy diet, especially if menu items are chosen carefully.