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When you choose to eat out, you are often unaware of the quality of the food and how it is prepared. There are ways to safely eat out if you do your research and are careful where you eat.
The first step is to check the nutritional information and reviews about various restaurants in your area. This is often available through the internet, and many restaurants will give you a nutritional fact sheet. You can narrow down your options by ruling out fast food restaurants that fry most of the foods they serve and use cheaper quality meat and produce. Family owned and run establishments usually are safer, using fresh produce and cook food more carefully.
Keep a list of the places that you have found are safe to eat at so you have a ready reference when it comes time to choose. If you are in an area you are not familiar with, your choices may be limited. Check the menu carefully for items that you can order with a relative amount of security, such as salads. Avoid using salad dressings that are commercially made as they may contain ingredients you may not want to ingest. The safest thing to order is vinegar and oil.
Many restaurants now offer a low-carb menu for the health conscious, including vegetable choices like green beans and side salads. This is a positive swing in the right direction. When possible, order from a senior or children’s menu if allowed. These are smaller portions than the regular meals that are served.