Eating Out

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Music can be the ultimate mood setter. Faster beats ignite excitement while slower music can help you relax. And, it seems music can make all the difference in what we order at a restaurant. Dipayan Biswas, PhD, at the University of South Florida conducted the first study on how the volume of ambient music helped … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Dinner in a box can sound too tempting to pass up but there is a downside to this convenience. Even though more than 8 million Americans have tried meal kit delivery, customer retention is a headache for most companies. With deeply discounted enticements on first orders, many don’t return to sign up for the ongoing … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

It is estimated that close to one-third of our meals are eaten away from home and for younger adults close to 45% of all the meals they eat are made by someone else. A recent study showed there is a link between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure. Meals away from home … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

A USDA survey showed that more than one-third of our daily calories come from foods eaten away from home. If you eat out often you need to make smart choices. Recognize that portions are huge. Simply realizing this can help you eat less. Consider splitting a meal. Restaurants have become used to this and many … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

A USDA survey showed that more than one-third of our daily calories come from food eaten away from home. Foods prepared outside the home have more calories, saturated fat and sodium than food prepared at home. If you decide to eat out where should you go – fast food chain, fast casual chain or a … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Marketers encourage you to eat-on-the-go by producing food items they refer to as “hyperconvenience”, “portable comfort food” or “dashboard dining”. Any food that can be shaped or packaged to fit into a car cup holder or eaten utensil-less, straight from the package has a marketing advantage. Many of those currently available are high in sodium, … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Burger King and Applebee’s are often blamed for serving too many calories in an average meal. Smaller independent restaurants, that make up better than 50% of all restaurants in the US, are not subjected to regulations that require posting calorie information. Researcher examined meals eaten at local, smaller restaurants – … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Bet you didn’t know that too much take-out can be unhealthy. Meals prepared away from home are typically higher in calories, fat and sodium, and the portions are huge. Choose wisely and split an order. Save the leftovers for tomorrow. … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Americans tend to eat alone, Europeans favor company. Almost half of us eat at least one meal a day alone and over one quarter of us eat while on route from place to place. … Read More

Eat out, eat smart. Make the most of restaurant and take-out choices.

Travelers to Mexico know to stay away from unpurified water and unwashed and unpeeled fresh fruits and vegetables. But restaurant table-top sauces—guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa—are often the culprits in traveler’s diarrhea. … Read More