Everyone knows that fast-food is bad for us. Greasy burgers, crisp salty fries and even finger licken good fried chicken. Now, don’t get me wrong, all of this food and other fast-food delicacies taste great, but yes, they are bad for you.
So, if you don’t have the opportunity to eat a healthy, meal you prepare yourself at home, your only other option, if you have the bread (get it bread=money LOL I slay me!) is to stop at a fine restaurant and have a healthy gourmet meal. Right? Wrong!
Recent studies show that eating at a gourmet restaurant can be just as unhealthy as eating at a regular fast-food restaurant (I won’t name any names but you get the idea). As a matter of fact, according to diabetes specialists who are increasingly diagnosing young business people with the debilitating conditions, gourmet restaurants are equally as unhealthy as fast-food restaurants.
Doctors are now seeing men as young as 40 afflicted by the disease, which is often triggered by obesity and linked to poor diets.
Corporate lunches and dinners at restaurants and dinners that are held at restaurants famous for dishing out foods dripping in fat, add in a job that keeps a person desk-bound with little to know exercise and you have a recipe for disaster.
Neal Cohen, general manager of Baker’s Diabetes Service, says many patients are unaware of the fact, finer restaurants are usually as high in fat, salt and sugar as those served in popular fast-food chains.
”People think that if they’re dining at a nice restaurant that it’s good and healthy food, but eating out is really code for eating badly. Whether it’s a fine French restaurant or McDonald’s, it’s the type of food that causes the problem. In a lot of cuisine, particularly French and Italian, the food is cooked with oils and cheeses and sauces and dressings that are not what you would normally do at home,” Dr Cohen said.
”Many of my patients will eat out three or four times a week for work and we are seeing 40-year-old businessmen who are in real trouble. To have diabetes at that age and otherwise be perfectly well with very little family history, is a really worrying thing for their future.”
Chief executive of IT recruitment company Peoplebank Australia, Peter Acheson, knows how difficult it is to make healthy choices when eating out. Entertaining clients up to five times a week at some of Melbourne and Sydney’s top restaurants led to him piling on 15 kilograms.
”The working lunches were a big contributor. You’ve really got to be careful, it creeps up on you because the food’s so nice you tend to have more of it,” the 46-year-old told The Sunday Age.
His daughter, being blunt as children usually are, said “You’re fat daddy,” this was the catalyst for the father-of-four to shed the weight, and while he still regularly dines out at places such as Rockpool, Pure South and Treasury, he has changed his eating habits.
”Previously, I’d be having entree, main and dessert and two or three glasses of wine, but now I only have one course, I’ve banned dessert, and I drink mineral water. Typically, I used to have a steak and that would come with a creamy béarnaise or peppercorn sauce, but now I’d have fish with salad and I don’t have the buttery mash or rich sauce, even if it’s provided.”
Dr. Cohen recommends his patients only eat out once a week, however, he thought the “MasterChef effect” was also having an impact as amateurs try to re-create the elaborate dishes from the hit television show.
”It’s been a wonderful series, but I’m not sure it’s going to have a terrific effect on everyone’s health because most of those things are pretty high in fat and I would like to see healthy eating incorporated into the next series,” he said.
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