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Making Smart Food Choices at a Restaurant

Eating healthy doesn’t always mean sacrificing your favorite meals. Although it may not seem like it, you can still stay on track with your diet when enjoying a meal out with friends and family.

Since restaurants—especially fast food chains—tend to use more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals, you just need to be smart about what you order from the menu. To make it simple, here are some things to keep in mind next time you’re eating out:

  • Avoid fried and carb-heavy options, like fried chicken or macaroni and cheese.

  • Watch your portion size, as many restaurants give you more than one serving.

  • Be mindful of your beverage choice, since there are many hidden calories in sugary sodas and alcoholic drinks.

An Increasing Number of Americans Are Making the Switch to Veganism

While veganism isn’t a new concept, it has grown in popularity over the past

few years. In fact, according to GlobalData, the number of vegans in the United States grew from 1% to 6% between 2014 and 2017.

Those who are vegan do not eat anything containing animal products (such as dairy and eggs), and prefer not to use products made of fur, leather, wool or down feathers. People who choose to follow a vegan diet do so for various reasons, including environmental, ethical or health reasons.

Making the switch from animal-based products is something you can do on your own. Making the switch in your diet, though, is a more involved process. Every person is different. That’s why it’s important to discuss your desire to become a vegan with your doctor before you change your diet.

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