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Learn how to make healthy food choices: When dining out

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Learn how to make healthy food choices. When dining out it is hard to know what the healthiest food choices are. This becomes even more difficult depending on which restaurant customers dine in. Besides the occasional salad at a fast food restaurant, most choices from the menu are unhealthy. Generally speaking, fast food is never a healthy choice and is normally low in nutrition and high in fats, sodium, and calories.

One Big Mac at McDonalds contains 550 calories, 260 calories from fat, and 970 grams of sodium. Anyone ordering a meal with fries included will be eating approximately 930 calories. This amount will fluctuate depending on if one is adding ketchup, mustard, and mayo.

This is a lot of calories to eat in one sitting!

If the average calorie intake is generally 1200 - 2000 calories a Big Mac and fries can be a set-back. Assuming that one eats 2000 calories per day, a Big Mac, fries, and a small (16 oz.) sprite leaves only 930 calories left to consume in one day.

There is nothing wrong with indulging in a Big Mac here-and-there. Actually denying yourself what you crave can be a set-back of its own. However, eating this way every day can create more problems than weight gain. High cholesterol and high blood pressure—are more of a threat. These problems can lead to stroke and other cardiovascular diseases which kills more than 800,000 adults in the US each year.

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