Everyone knows by now that the only basic road to health is a proper balance between diet and exercise, between food and activity.
Good and proper food provides the fuel to perform activities. If activities are not performed (such as in a sedentary lifestyle) or if the food is not proper (such as a "low-fat diet" that is actually high in sugar or if the amount of food is excessive), then ill health can result.
And everyone also knows that fast food tends to be unhealthy food, high in caloric intake and low in nutritional value.
But did you know that restaurant food can also be unhealthy food? According to this recent study, national chain restaurants serve meals that are high in calories, fat, and salt. In fact, a single meal with dessert at these restaurants can nearly satisfy your entire daily caloric intake and far surpass your daily sodium recommended amount.
It has been said that restaurant food is similar to homecooked food, except that restaurant food (to enhance the flavor) uses more butter, sugar, and salt. All of which can be unhealthy in immoderate amounts. If you have the time to purchase and cook your food for yourself, you can then limit how much fat, sugar, and salt you put into your body.
You probably already know these food principles:
Moderation is key. You don't have to avoid restaurants or fast food, but you should limit your intake of these foods. Don't eat out every day. Know your options. Order water with your food, not soda. Know where your food comes from. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits wherever possible. Learn to make and enjoy making your own food. Have a happy, healthy 2014!
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