Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Dining Out: Are Your Choices Healthy?
According to Restaurant and Institutions (R&I) 2010 New American Diner Study, 46% of consumers said they are making more healthful choices when dining out. It’s good news too, since this same study says American’s average 25% of their meals away from home, or 46% of their food dollar. That’s a huge investment of a family’s budget, and the reality of the situation is diner’s actual selections are not all that great, yet!
• Fried vegetables represent 46% of total vegetable consumption among children ages 2-18 (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/The Ohio State University)
• 50% of grains or 3 in 6 servings should be whole grains. Americans average 1 serving daily. (Dr. Walter Willett, chairman, Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health)
• The recommended maximum daily sodium consumption for healthy adults who aren’t at risk for high blood pressure is 2300 milligrams. The average American male consumes 3,100 to 4,700 milligrams and the average female consumes 2,300 to 3,100 milligrams daily. (University of Colorado Extension)