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Healthier Eating Out

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Healthier Dining Out

Making healthy food choices when eating out can be hard especially when nutrition information is not available on menus or menu boards. Without nutrition information it is difficult for diners to correctly guess the amount of calories and sodium in restaurant meals.

Did You Know?

  • An average meal at a Canadian sit-down restaurant contains 1128 calories and 2269 mg of sodium.
  • That’s more than half the calories and one-and-a-half times the sodium most adults need in one day!
  • There is a strong link between eating out and increased body weight. Being over weight or obese can increase your risk for developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • As well, eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure can increase your risk for stroke, kidney and heart disease.

Check out the next page to see what you can do to avoid eating excess calories and sodium when eating out!

Average Sit-Down Restaurant Meal

Half The Average Adult Calorie Intake Per Day

*based on average adult requirements


The more restaurant meals a person consumes, the more they increase their risk of weight gain and developing chronic diseases

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For more information call
DURHAM REGION HEALTH DEPARTMENT
905-668-7711 OR 1-800-841-2729