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You Deserve Better… Than Eating Out

With the never-ending recession gripping the heart of the American economy and its consumers, it quickly becomes evident that families need to spend less money than ever before. It’s very hard not to fall into the temptation of eating out. It’s fast and easy, and you won’t have to scrub dishes to get them clean. On the other hand, eating out is less healthy and more expensive. Let’s look at why this is.

Going to a fast-food joint, you’ll quickly note that every place has a cheap menu where they’ll sell you any hydrogenated fat for under a dollar. You need to save money, and have little faith in your skills in the kitchen. Fear not! You can grab a burger for a buck. You think about the bottom line at the grocery store and shudder at blowing fifty bucks for a scant few bags of foodstuffs. But here, you can eat instantly for a buck. Sounds good? Wrong!

My wife, who’s on her way to being a Registered Dietician (RD), can tell you that the numerous long-term damaging effects that hydrogenated oils, excess salt, and saturated fat can easily eclipse the money you’ll be saving at the counter with future medical bills. Even if you’re young and at an optimum weight, these foods can still tear apart your arteries. Soda is loaded with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), an especially evil non-food additive that companies sneak into products to stretch the supply of goods-making them more profit per unit at the expense of forcing your blood vessels to improperly expand when required. You’ll be hard-pressed to find this out online or elsewhere without an RD education since the conglomerates that love the stuff suppress the info, but that doesn’t mean it’s false. Excess salt and saturated fat can clog your heart and cause many other problems, and I’m just hitting the tip of the iceberg.

So you think the reputable dinner dive is a better place to eat at then? Nope. Sorry. The reason here is that most restaurants clog up anything not covered in leaves with salt. Although when eating out, note that many restaurant salads are also full of condiments and accessories that have enough salt to kill a rhino. The reason: the saltiness, the companies believe, acts as a natural addictive agent. And they’re right! This is why lots of places love using MonoSodium Glutamate, known as MSG. Beware, this is a synthetic salt that can damage your hypothalamus, a part of your brain that partly controls… your appetite! Some people like to joke how eating food out makes you hungry again fast, and this is because your brain’s receptors are being damaged into thinking that you need to walk in that door again. Also, on “low calorie” menus you’ll rarely if ever see the salt content these dishes contain. Just because something is low on the amount of energy your body receives from its biochemical processing, don’t believe it’s healthy!

You can avoid this vicious cycle! You’ll need to develop a good eye for things that are leaner and better. Even grocery store products often contain MSG, HFCS, Carrageenan, and a whole host of other crummy synthetics that can hurt your body in bizarre ways so don’t be fooled. Tune into my next article to find ways to feed your families for cheap, using foods that won’t clog arteries or necrotize liver tissue.