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Monday, February 21, 2011

Making Healthier Food Choices When Eating Out

Just about everyone loves to eat out every once in a while. Some people eat out a lot. Whether you do it occasionally or regularly, you need to make healthy food choices when eating out. I found some great web sites with all kinds of helpful information to help you decide where and what to eat.

I found an interactive fast food menu from the Cooperative Extension System that provides nutritional information on certain items from McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Domino’s Chick-Fil-A, and Taco Bell. Check it out at Interactive Fast Food Menu

Here are some other great web sites:

Making Better Choices at Fast Food Restaurants (PDF117 KB) Alliance for a Healthier Generation; American Heart Association; Clinton Foundation

Healthy Dining Finder CDC. Healthy Dining.Helps you find healthier menu selections and corresponding nutrition information at restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining. You enter your zip code and you get a list of restaurants with some sample food items.

Eating Out American Heart Association. Get clues from the menu to help you make healthy choices when dining out.

Portion Distortion! (NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) This is a fun interactive site that has a quiz where they show you pictures of what portions used to look like and what they are today and you have to guess how many calories are in today's portions as well as how long it will take you to exercise off those calories. What used to be large sizes are now regular sizes and portions seem to be getting bigger and bigger. This quiz should open your eyes so you can see how many calories you are consuming with those "super-sized" portions.

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