Eating out in a restaurant is great, and fun. But is taking your meals from the restaurant health guaranteed? May be it all depends with the restaurant you are eating from. However, there are some foods you should stay away from if you have to eat at a restaurant.
Meat with the bone in
Small cuts of meat, like bone-in pork or chicken breasts, are harder to cook thoroughly because their outsides easily char. This often translates to crispy on the outside and raw on the inside. Unlike undercooked beef—say, a rare burger or a steak tartar—undercooked pork and chicken are highly dangerous and could causes food-borne illnesses, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Plus, bone-in means less meat.
You might think best-selling items have high turnover. But to keep up with demand, fast-food restaurants and some other places pre-make their top sellers, which give these wrapped and bagged choices plenty of time to develop food-borne illnesses. Instead, opt for the less popular options which are more likely to be prepared to order, says Howard Cannon, CEO of Restaurant Expert Witness and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting A Restaurant, who adds, “Anything sitting in holding, covered with mayonnaise, is probably not that great.”
The iceberg wedge salad is one of the industry’s biggest rip-offs. Take into account that iceberg lettuce is about 98 percent water, and it’s easy to see why. “It’s marked up at least 20 times,” says Peter Chastain, executive chef and owner of California’s Prima Ristorante. Plus, germs can hide inside lettuce’s cracks, corners, and edges. “You think lemons in water are dirty? The salads are filthy,” Cannon says. Even if restaurants do decide to wash their greens, the lettuce is often served soggy, which is big red flag—standing water mixed with lukewarm, mayo-based dressing is a disaster waiting to happen.
Drinks are good for the refreshment and, they are good when it’s time for fun. Nevertheless, some drinks are way too risky to indulge in, posing health risks so grave that you won’t dare take chances if you really care about your health. Here are some drinks you need to watch out for, and if possible cut back on their consumption as much as possible.
They can increase our risk of cancer
There have been many studies that have looked at the links between various types of cancer and fizzy drink consumption.
They can raise our risk of heart disease
Scientists in America found a strong link between the proportion of daily calories from foods laden with added sugars (like fizzy drinks) and death rates from cardiovascular disease. They claimed that drinking three cans a day could triple our risk of heart disease.
They can lead to diabetes
Sugar-laden drinks have been proven to increase cases of Type 2 diabetes. A study conducted between 1990 and 2000 estimated that the increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks contributed to 130,000 new cases of diabetes.
They can cause premature birth in pregnant women
Pregnant women were warned against drinking diet fizzy drinks after a study taken in Denmark on 60,000 women. Those who drank artificially sweetened soft drinks, whether fizzy or still, were found to be more likely to give birth prematurely.
Be it at home or anywhere else, snatching a grab-and-go snack can be quite tempting. What is worrying is that many people take some of the fast foods they like without considering how much harm they could be bringing upon their health. There are some foods and snacks that should be kept at bay, or completely avoided altogether.
The hallmark of deep-dish pizza is its thick, dense crust. Admittedly, it does taste great, but all that excess dough jacks up the calorie and carb count in your pie dramatically. Factor in the fattening, whole-milk cheese and greasy meat toppings like sausage, pepperoni, and bacon, and a two-slice serving could shock your system with about 1,300 calories and 24 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat (more than an entire day’s allowance).
Up to 80 percent of the calories in regular hot dogs come from fat, and much of it is the unhealthy saturated type. Regularly eating processed meats like hot dogs has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer. Swap out your hot dogs for lean chicken or turkey sausages—you get far less fat and more high-quality protein.
Starchy white bagels— and flavored varieties like onion, garlic, poppy seed, and “everything” bagels—are made with refined wheat flour, which has been stripped of the fiber and nutrients that give whole grains their health benefits. That’s bad enough, but my biggest issue with bagels is that they’re incredibly dense, which means they’re also incredibly caloric. In fact, the standard bagel is the caloric equivalent of four to five slices of junky white bread. I much prefer whole-grain English muffins, bread, or sandwich thins, which offer a more appropriate portion of starch for one meal.