Restaurant Meals Are 'Alarmingly' High in Fat: How to Eat Healthy when Eating Out

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Order appetizers and sides as a meal rather than an entrée.

"I love ordering appetizers and sides because they allow me to taste a lot of great foods and balance my

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Order appetizers and sides as a meal rather than an entrée.

"I love ordering appetizers and sides because they allow me to taste a lot of great foods and balance my meal so I'm not getting too much of any one thing. One of the first plates is usually something like salad or a bowl of soup, something with a lot of vegetables that will fill me up with high volume and not too much fat or too many calories. The second appetizer or side is usually something a little more decadent, like a small plate of pasta, a crab cake, or an antipasto platter with a small selection of high-quality cheese and meats."

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Holy calorie avalanche! A new University of Toronto study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found the average sit-down restaurant meal contains almost 90 percent of a person's daily recommended allowance of fat and more than half of the USDA's recommended calorie count per day. Even the study authors themselves said that was "alarmingly high."

If that's the case for Canadian restaurants, we can only imagine the truckload of fat and calories that's in the giant portions at American eateries. There's nothing wrong with dining out at a restaurant, obviously, but there are a few Bethenny-approved steps to take to make sure you're not overdoing it.


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