Eating out in restaurants worse for health than fast food

11 August 2014 by
Eating out in restaurants worse for health than fast food

Eating out in upscale restaurants could be worse for health than fast food beause diners consume more calories overall.

That's according to a US study that showed that people in who ate in a restaurant consumed 10% more calories than they would if they ate food made at home.

Experts had thought that diners compensated for eating out in restaurants by eating less during the rest of the day, but the study was reported to have found that this was not true, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The findings, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, asked 12,500 adult volunteers to list all the foods and drinks they consumed on two separate days.

It was found that on days when they ate in a restaurant with table service that their total calorie intake was higher than on days when they are fast food.

The volunteers in the study ate 194 more calories on days when they are fast food, and 205 more when they ate in a restaurant than if they ate at home.

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