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Dinner outside the home: Fast Food vs Sit Down Restaurants

Posted by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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Studies have shown that the average meal at sit-down restaurants is typically not as healthy as a similar meal at a fast food restaurant. According to the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine the sit-down restaurant “is actually considerably worse for you than the often-maligned fast food fare...our menu analysis of 24 national chains revealed that the average entrée at a sit-down restaurant contains 867 calories, compared with the 522 calories in the average fast food entrée. And that’s before appetizers, sides or desserts - selections that can easily double your total calorie intake.

When you and your family go out to eat, what and where is your first choice?

by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

What IS your agenda here?

michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

We choose our favorite sit down restaurants for a variety of reasons:  the food is better tasting, it's fresher, and we like to RELAX when we're eating our meal off of real plates with solid eating utensils.

FF restaurants use bagged lettuce, pre-made burgers/chicken patties/fish patties/etc with God-only-knows-what in them, and serve the meals on cardboard or wrapped in paper.  Not a classy experience.

If I want to eat on the run, I'll use the original version of fast food:  fresh fruit, nuts, or veggies.

aidensmomma508
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Ya I'm kind of wondering that too

Juniper53098
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

We choose our restaurants based on whether they can meet my son's dietary needs.

abra
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I wonder if they took portion sizing into account. Usually sit down places give you 3 times a normal serving size.
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by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM

I guess it all depends what we're looking for at that time :)

Heather2001
by Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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Sit down.  Not because of calorie content, but because the quality of the food is better.

Heather2001
by Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Also, where is the source you're citing with your info?  I'd like to read it.

abra
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM
I agree.

Quoting Heather2001:

Also, where is the source you're citing with your info?  I'd like to read it.

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emilyrosenj
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

We usually go to Applebee's...

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