A IGD report published today summarises an important nutrition trend – 67% of people eat out at least once per week, and in a survey of over 9,000 people:
- 39% said health was a top priority when choosing lunch
- 34% were put off outlets because the food wasn’t healthy enough
- 31% would eat out more often if healthier options were more easily available
- 30% wanted more vegetarian options
The trend shows people are increasingly eating out and would like to eat a little healthier when they do eat out. For many, healthier food choices are the stumbling block.
Here’s a link to the full IGD report.
Healthier eating out
Our nutrition advice if you want to be a little healthier when eating out:
- have a glass of water/milk before you go for a meal. This may reduce strong hunger pangs which may result in unhealthy selection
- if eating later in the evening choose a lighter meal e.g. fish, eggs, vegetarian
- cut down on the carbohydrates in evening meal particularly if you have eaten lots of carbohydrates (cereal, bread, pasta, rice) earlier in the day
- avoid cheese and rich sauces, instead choose tomato based sauces
- choose deserts with less butter and sugar e.g. sorbet instead of ice-cream
- awareness of the amount of ’empty’ calories in alcohol. A small glass of red wine could be considered medicinal, but more than this may adversely affect your health and quality of sleep
- check the food labels. If you have no health concerns go for the item with the most protein. But is blood pressure is a concern choose something with the least amount of salt. If cholesterol is a problem pick something with less saturated fat. If Diabetes is a concern pick something with the least amount of carbohydrates of which is sugar.
- enjoy the occasion, don’t rush
I founded The Natural Alternative in 2006 with the goal of making healthcare more accessible to employees. I’ve been qualified in Nutrition since 2005, and have almost completed my MSc in Nutritional Medicine with just the dissertation to complete. During my career in nutrition, I have facilitated wellbeing events and seminars for a number of well known complanies, including BP, Vodaphone, Hilton Hotels, Coke and Bloomberg.