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  1. Exam Room Podcast

  2. Nov 12, 2021

Eating Healthy at Restaurants Is Hard, Not Impossible

Is eating out killing us?

Here’s a scary fact. Only 1 out of every 1,000 meals served in restaurants qualifies as having “ideal” nutrition. Even scarier? Portion sizes at fast-food restaurants are three times larger than they were in 1950!

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Could it be that our obsession with eating out is actually making us sick and die younger? It may sound extreme, but given all of the fat, salt, sugar, and sodium being served, it is fair to wonder whether what you order is taking years off of your life. 

Dr. Vanita Rahman and Matthew Rees, editor of the Food and Health Facts newsletter and senior fellow at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, have the facts to back up that argument. They make the case that restaurants are playing an enormous role in the obesity epidemic when they join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll. From an abundance of calories to a lack of fiber, they have the true effect of restaurant food covered from all angles!

Dr. Rahman also talks about her cookbook, Simply Plant Based

Plus, Chuck is joined by restaurateur Gregg Rozeboom, who is bucking the trend of enormous burgers and buckets of fries in favor of healthier options. Gregg is the founder of the plant-based oil-free restaurant chain Fruitive. He shares his philosophy that delicious food does not have to be detrimental to your health. Fruitive is proof that when it comes to healthy food, if you serve it, they will come.

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