Planning to eat out again tonight? Bad idea! Especially if you don’t wanna get type 2 diabetes! Recent studies suggest that eating out often can up your diabetes risk. Yes, I know, first we thought it was sweets and junk food but now it seems gourmet food can be just as bad!
According to Dr Neale Cohen, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, most of us don’t realise that restaurant food is made to look appetizing by the addition of an unhealthy percentage of fat, sugar and oil(butter), all of which are bad for your health.
Dr Neale has recently concluded that the number of young patients around forty years old and affected by type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Type2 Diabetes is linked with obesity and a poor diet. The most disturbing feature for this group is that they have clean personal and family medical histories and are otherwise healthy! Dr Neale is sure that it is the eating habits of these individuals that are getting them into trouble. At least three to four corporate meals a week at posh restaurants coupled with sedentary working habits is believed to have triggered this rise in diabetes in the relatively young working crowd.
Dr Leon Massage, who runs a private weight-loss clinic, has also noticed this new trend and agrees that it is the lifestyle and eating habits that has increased the risk of diabetes in the younger crowds. Dr Cohen has suggested that we restrict ourselves to eating out just once in a week and also to resort to a healthy and balanced diet at home instead of cooking up extravagant “master chef” meals.
Here are some tips on how to avoid increasing your risk of diabetes when you do eat out:
Research the menu and food preparation methods of the restaurant by asking friends who have already been there or calling and talking to the restaurant directly.
Ensure that they have healthy options or are otherwise willing to provide you with required healthy substitutes.
Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets and also have a small healthy snack before you leave for the restaurant. You will eat less this way.
Ask for food prepared with vegetable oil, low-fat margarine, little salt, no extra sauce or butter and no artificial flavorings. When it comes to meat or fish, ask for broiled and baked rather than fried.
Share the food with your partner or friend.
If you take time and chew your food you will notice that you will eat less.
Ask for the sauces and dressings to be served as sides so you can control how much you take.
Control alcohol intake.