This section is for people who want to find out more about healthy eating outside of the home. This will include food and drinks you may buy in your work lunch break, as well as eating out in a café, pub or restaurant, and takeaways.
In this article, we will be looking at:
- Eating out and your health: links with nutrient intake and obesity
- Nutrition information
- Key references
This section will help equip you with the knowledge you need to make healthier choices with foods eaten out of the home whether you are on the go, ordering fast food or takeaway meals or enjoying a sit down meal in a café or restaurant.
In the UK we are increasingly eating more food out of the home, and the easy availability and low cost of some of the higher fat, salt and sugars choices has been shown to contribute to overweight and obesity. Public Health England (PHE) estimated in 2014 that there were over 50,000 fast food and takeaway outlets, fast food delivery services, and fish and chip shops in England.
Of course there are some occasions when eating out is a special treat and an opportunity to include a more indulgent option but, if you eat out or buy takeaway food a lot, it’s important to make healthier choices.
With healthier ‘on the go’ options for example now available in supermarkets, it may be easier to make healthier choices outside of the home, but there are also many unhealthy options to be aware of.