How Restaurant Dining Adds Up

How Restaurant Dining Adds Up Most people recognize that restaurant portions are larger than they should be. Really savvy restaurant patrons know that, more times than not, the amount of sugar, saturated fat and sodium in any menu item is going to be greater than the equivalent dish made in your home kitchen. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine provides greater detail on fast food and sit-down restaurant dining.

Analyzing the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey responses of 9,416 children between the ages of 2 and 19, researchers determined at adolescents consumed twice as much soda at restaurants compared to dining at home, mostly because of free refills. They also drank less milk on days that included restaurant dining. For teenagers, nearly 1,000 calories are consumed each time they visit a fast food restaurant.

True Strength Moment: Next time you're in a hurry to get in a quick meal, consider this study's determination that on days when teenagers eat one meal at a fast food restaurant, about 309 more calories than normal are consumed. Dining at a full-service restaurant increases daily energy consumption by about 267 calories. Make your food at home and lower the level of fat, sugar and sodium while maintaining more reasonable portion sizes.
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