You know that even with new, low-cal options, fast-food joints are usually a big health no-no. But chances are you never suspected your favorite sit-down spot could be doing you in as well. A new study shows that dine-in restaurants can be just as bad as their faster counterparts.
Both fast food and dine-in restaurants serve up more cholesterol and trans fat than what you make at home, researchers found. Fast food customers got an average of 3.5 more grams of trans fat a day, while restaurant eaters took in an extra 2.5 grams. That may not sound like much, but we’re talking about something so bad that the FDA has just banned it. So even just a little bit can be serious. What's more, people who regularly dine out consume an average of 200 calories and 58 mg of cholesterol more a day than their home-cooking counterparts.
Of course, we don’t expect you to become a master chef and whip up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home every. single. day. Going out with friends gives your social life a boost, and that can be important for lowering stress and avoiding mental health problems. (And there’s that thing, you know, fun.) The trick to dining out without wrecking your hard-earned physique? Knowing how to order, and knowing what actually goes into that food that makes it bad. Here, four reasons restaurant food is bad for you.