Many of us assume that we consume more calories eating a fast-food meal than eating at a full-service restaurant (what kind of restaurant, can we give an example?), but it turns out that’s not the case. The results of a recent study reveal that full-service meals contain more calories than fast-food as well as offer more vitamins, sodium and cholesterol.

"People usually view fast food as junk food, and blame it for serving an extra intake of calories, sugars and sodium," said study author Ruopeng An, an assistant professor in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "That's often true when compared with eating at home. But we found that when the comparison is with full-service restaurants, fast food is not necessarily worse.” Researchers of the study collected seven years f data from more than 18,000 people, asking them to detail their meals from within the last 24-hour period. The results showed that eating at home is considerably healthier for you than eating fast food or at a full-service restaurant.

So home-cooked wins, once again. What if you just don’t have the time to whip something up? We suggest going the route the experts in the study advise, and that’s taking home restaurant food. By doing this you won’t have access to free extras and seconds—such as breads, sauces and dressings. You’ll also be more likely to combine your meal with healthy stuff from your own fridge and pantry. Are you surprised by this new research? What are you planning for your next meal?



HealthDay: In Some Ways, Fast Food No Worse for Health Than Full-Service Meals: Study