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Restaurant Dining Is Not Good For Your Health

August 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study involving data from 12,000 questionnaire respondents (ages 20 to 64) found that eating out is generally an unhealthy dietary decision. People who ate at fast-food restaurants consumed 195 extra calories, 3.5 more grams of saturated fat, four more grams of sugar and an extra 296 mg of sodium. Those who ate at full-service restaurants took didn’t fare much better, consuming 205 extra calories, 2.5 more grams of saturated fat and 451 extra milligrams of sodium. Black adults tended to eat more calories than whites or Hispanics, and middle-income adults consumed more than high-income adults.
Binh T Nguyen et al., "The impact of restaurant consumption among US adults: effects on energy and nutrient intakes. ", Public Health Nutrition, August 07, 2014, © Nguyen et al.
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