When you dine out, you expect a certain amount of care to be taken when your food is prepared. You expect it to not land on the floor and then picked up quickly, following that 5 second rule. You expect nothing but the freshest of ingredients to be used and for the food to arrive at the table warm and visually appealing.
What really happens in restaurant kitchens? Well having been a professional chef, I have seen my share of carelessness and incompetence as well as a general lack of apathy towards people’s food and their special requests. But I have also seen a greater majority put their heart and soul into preparing the best possible meals they can for their guests. With that said, you get what you pay for. If you choose to eat in a fast food environment, that is exactly what you will get.
I am not saying everyone has to spend a fortune when they choose to eat out, but you should still be able to make healthy choices that are affordable to the wallet, and not have it be typical fast food. There is a growing trend these days towards picking up food from Food Trucks. Here in Vancouver we have a good choice of reasonably priced food from trucks but the choice of ingredients is high-end. And the best part is that the majority of it is healthy.
Back to my original point; do we know what really goes into the food when we eat out? No we don’t. A good example would be the McRib. Fortunately I have only ever had 1 of these in my lifetime (back when I was 15 years old). I was reading an article the other day about what the ingredients are in this and let me tell you I was shocked.
Here are some of the ingredients in the pork rib patty of the sandwich. Restructured meat products that include tripe, heart and scalded stomach, as well as salt. There is no real rib meat to be found. How about the bun? Well it has 34 ingredients some of which are: ammonium sulfate, polysorbate 80, calcium sulfate and ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, and worst of all azodicarbonamide a flour bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacturing of foamed plastics like gym mats and the soles of shoes. If you are interested in reading the article, here is the link http://news.yahoo.com/whats-mcrib-made-anyway-125300382.html
I know that is a little extreme and that most restaurants are not serving food with those types of ingredients, but if you are dining out, you should be asking questions. Is the food you are eating locally produced? Are the breads made on site or produced elsewhere? How fresh are the ingredients? How long has the fish been at the restaurant? The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to eat at home with food that you have prepared with ingredients that you can pronounce. Get food into you from all the major food groups that will help fuel you for your workout and activities for the day as well as help keep you on track for reaching your fitness and lifestyle goals.