Smart Food Choices: Eating Out - Finding Healthier Choices
For today's busy families, eating out is a chance for parents to take
time off from meal planning, cooking, and cleaning. But finding a place that's kidfriendly
and serves nutritious foods can be difficult. You can eat out and eat healthy,
too. Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat
and cholesterol. That’s good news because a diet high in saturated and trans fat can
raise blood cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease,
and it’s also a risk factor for stroke. At home, try to replace the saturated and trans
fats in your food with more healthful unsaturated oils like canola, olive and corn oil.
When eating out, ask which type of fat the restaurant uses. At the table, request soft
and trans-fat-free margarine.