You can eat out and eat healthy, too. Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. That is good news for your health as a diet high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol raises blood cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and it’s also a risk factor for strokes.
A major problem with eating out is the huge portions that are served. Help control your weight by asking for smaller portions, sharing entrees with a companion or putting half of your meal in a to-go box to enjoy another time.
Foods to Order and Avoid
When ordering, look for steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods.
Limit high sodium items that have or are:
- In broth or au jus
- In cocktail sauce
- In soy or teriyaki sauce
Have gravy, sauces and dressing served on the side, so you can control the amount you eat or skip them completely.
For More Information
For more tips on eating healthy when eating out, visit the American Heart Association