An Easy Change to Improve Your Health

Eating Location Comparison 1970's to now

If you grew up in the seventies, going out to McDonald’s or IHOP was a once in a while treat reserved for a birthday, or little league championship win. But these days, children and adults are spending more time and money on fast food than ever. The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) compared the source of calories in Americans’ diet during the seventies and in the first decade of the current millennium.

Unsurprisingly, less calories are being consumed at home. In fact, calories from fast food consumption almost quadrupled from 3.1% to 13.3% in just 30 years!

The problem with eating out of the home is that the nutrient density of the food is usually lower than even the worst meals at home. Foods tend to be higher in calories. Serving sizes are huge. Unhealthy fats are added liberally. Sodium levels are astronomical, sometimes reaching an entire day’s worth (2300 mg) in just one meal. Not to mention mostly low quality carbs and sugars. Additionally, most meals consumed in fast food joints and restaurants, even high end establishments, tend to be low in fiber and other important nutrients.

Want to beat the statistics?

Eat more food at home. Eat more food that was made at home. You’ll be able to control the ingredients and the portion size. You’ll probably save yourself some money too.

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  • Anthony Struzzieri

    Hi. Ill be 63 this coming March. I try to watch what I eat. Having a heart attack back in 2009. My colesteral is my big concern. .Now I recently found out my Tryclisteries is high. I can’t take colesterol meds..they give me a big side effect of muscle pain. And I already have a muscle issue. Now what should I stay away from and what can I eat. I love cream of wheat but I add about three to four table spoons of organic sugar. This I believe is too much sugar. What do you think. Thank You.
    anthonystrzzr@aol.com

    • Randi

      You should discuss this with your cardiologist or your primary care doctor. They can give you information on the types of food to avoid.

    • Stasi

      You should eat plenty of nuts and seeds, reduce cheese, red meat, shell fish and fried food from your meals… Work out as much as possible even if just 30 min a day or every other day. Use olive oil instead of butter.
      If you smoke cigarettes, quit.
      You can find plenty of info online and you’ll be able to fix your cholesterol without any medications. Good luck!

      • Stasi

        Also stay away from sugar, decrease little by little. Stay away from artificial sweeteners

      • Healthy

        Totally agree with you

    • SieraDeltaBravo

      You can try a different type of sweetener than isn’t artificial. For example, you can grow your own stevie plant. You can make a type of sweet water by putting dates In a glass jar and letting it sit for several days (no flavor, just sweetness!). Another option is agave nectar. The other replies had good info, as well, but this was strictly to respond to your sugar quandry. Best wishes!

    • SieraDeltaBravo

      You can try a different type of sweetener than isn’t artificial. For example, you can grow your own stevie plant. You can make a type of sweet water by putting dates In a glass jar and letting it sit for several days (no flavor, just sweetness!). Another option is agave nectar. The other replies had good info, as well, but this was strictly to respond to your sugar quandry. Best wishes!

  • Nina

    “Easy” is a difficult word to use in this situation. Although it is an easy idea, to cook at home instead of eating out, there is a lack of food knowledge in this generation. Not many cooks around these days.

  • Michael Earl McQueen

    I don’t actually think you will save money by eating at home. Fast food restaurants make your meal bigger and charge you less money so you will keep buying from them. Plus I think the inject their food with some ingredients that make you addicted to it.

    • Jess

      I guess it depends but if you have a large family to feed, you bet eating at home can save money. For us to feed our family of seven in a restaurant, it costs us $30 at the least. I can buy groceries for that same price and make three meals.