Eating and Society

Eating and Society

Eating and Society
Many Americans are overweight due to a diet filled with high-calorie convenience foods, lack of exercise, large portion sizes and long work hours. The average diet is high in sugar and saturated fat. Many processed foods also have high sodium content. But many of us don't know how to eat healthy. What are some ways in which food production affects our health? Should we learn how food is prepared from other cultures? Learn more about how you can adopt healthy eating habits with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    What can I do to protect myself from germs when I eat at a food court?
    To protect yourself from germs at the food court, wash/sanitize your hands and your table, and pick the restaurant with the longest line and most food turnover. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, shares some clever safety tips.
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    Peter DeLucia - What can I do to protect myself from poor food handling at a restaurant?
    To protect you and your family from poor food handling at restaurants, keep food temperature in mind, as well as glove use by the staff and servers. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, explains why these elements are key.
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    In an Italian restaurant, ask for oil and vinegar on the side to dress your own salad. Order pasta with red sauce, such as marinara instead of creamy white or butter sauces like Alfredo. Choose chicken or fish dishes instead of sausage dishes. In a Chinese restaurant choose steamed brown rice instead of fried rice, steamed dumplings instead of fried, and vegetarian entrées that include a number of different vegetables. In a Japanese restaurant pass up tempura in any form because fried food should be avoided. In a Mexican restaurant choose salsa instead of guacamole, sour cream or cheese dips. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas that aren't fried, such as burritos, soft tacos and enchiladas. Have black bean soup as a first course.
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    The connection between diet and climate change is that diet affects the greenhouse gases. Healthy eating affects sustainability and the environment.

    Diet affects freshwater use. In fact, 3 percent of the planet has fresh water, the rest is saltwater in the oceans. And of that 3 percent fresh water, about 70 percent goes to growing food. Diet also affects land use, from raising animals to growing palm oil and other substances.
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    Eating out is a part of many of our lives. Often, it can be a saboteur of weight loss and health efforts; however, it does not need to derail you completely. Learning to navigate restaurants by making "better bad food choices" can bring you significantly closer to your goals and allow you to live a "Real World" fitness lifestyle.
    Restaurant Strategies
    • Be assertive. Do not be shy. Ask the waiter if a dish can be slightly adjusted. Restaurants rely on customer satisfaction and will go to great lengths to ensure that you get what you want. This can also be done with the sides. Sides from one entrée can often be substituted with sides from a different entrée. If it comes with mashed potatoes, ask for a side of veggies instead.
    • Ask for double vegetables instead of rice or mashed potatoes. Make sure the veggies are steamed.
    • Order from the "healthy, lite or low fat" entrées on the menu. Most chains will even list the calories and nutritional content of such foods. Check the on-line menu before visiting the restaurant.
    • If you are a member of the “Clean your plate club” You could ask the server to wrap up half the entrée before they bring it out. “Pre Doggie bag.”
    • Check the menu before you leave home. Today most restaurants especially chain restaurants have websites with their menu options. If there is nothing you feel that can be easily altered, you can decide to go to a different restaurant.
    • Stick to the "2/6 rule". This means that you choose 2 courses to consume instead of a potential 5 or 6 offered at a typical restaurant. The courses include: Drink, Bread (and butter), Salad, Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert. You will save an incredible amount of calories.
     To your health,
    -Robert
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    Order: Sauteed vegetables, salad, seafood salad, fish with olive oil, whole wheat pasta in small amounts with marinara sauce.

    Avoid: Fried calamari and zucchini, stuffed mushrooms, baked ziti, fettucini alfredo, anything with bread crumbs, pizza with meat toppings and lots of cheese.
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    Order: Seaweed salad, sea vegetables, miso soup, edamame, sashimi; any vegetables that are not fried such as bok choy, bamboo shoots, sautéed green beans; green beans with snow peas and water chestnuts; broiled chicken; fresh spring rolls; moo shu chicken or vegetables; spicy eggplant; tofu (not fried); whole steamed fish; chicken soup; drunken chicken.

    Avoid: Tempura, noodles (most are drained in saturated fat), white rice; smoked foods, Anything described as "Fried" or "crispy" including fried rice, General Tso's chicken; fried noodles and fried egg rolls; picked food; food with too much soy sauce; egg dishes such as egg fu young makes you old; salty soups and monosodium glutamate on dishes for any one younger than 14 or any pregnant lady.
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    Order: Fajita, black beans, refried beans cooked without lard; guacamole as a condiment, brown rice; jicama; grilled chicken or fish; cerviche; avocados; chicken enchiladas without cheese; arroz con pollo (request brown rice); camarones.

    Avoid: Fried flour or corn like tortillas, taco shells, sour cream, cheese; quesadillas; chalupas; nachos; ground beef or pork.
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    Food touches every aspect of our lives. Our physical health depends on it; we cannot grow, heal, or function without it. It plays a central role in our social lives, connecting us to friends, family, history, and culture. It ties in to our emotions, nurturing as it nourishes, comforting us with memories we have attached to certain tastes. We might view food as an expression of love -- a gift we give to those we cherish. Or we might see it as our enemy, a source of extra pounds that piles on with stress and fear.
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    A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of
    National Nutrition Month, which is held in March, is a way to celebrate and highlight the work of nutrition professionals, such as registered dietitians, diet technicians, and others working in the field of nutrition. There are usually a number of healthy events surrounding a theme each year, and help people learn that healthy eating can be fun. To find out more about National Nutrition Month, go to www.eatright.org.
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