Ninety percent of the dishes served in restaurants exceed quantities and calories recommended for an adult, according to a study led by a doctor Tufts University Boston, United States.
The Dra. Susan Roberts has evaluated more than 120 restaurants of different types of food, such as chinese, indian, Greek, american, Italian, japanese, mexican, thai, and vietnamese.
The problem is not just fast food
In a release from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , the expert noted that fast food chains are criticized for their unhealthy food, however, the problem is not unique to this type of places.
Roberts mentioned that currently many restaurants, for reasons of marketing, dealing with rations very large prepared with high consistency energy.
“The favorite foods, in general, contain three or even four times more calories than a person needs and, although we don’t have to eat everything in theory, in practice most of us do not have the will to stop eating when we are satisfied “ he said.
Roberts took the view that the lack of desire has a biological explanation called “phase cephalic digestion”, theory discovered by Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov, who claims that the sight, smell, thought or taste of food stimulate the appetite , which causes little resistance to the dish.
Dr. William M., co-author of the study, suggests that diners should have the option to ask for dishes in portions that suit your needs.
This was also the point of Beatriz Cuyáz, College Mexican Nutritionists , which proposes to the customers:
1. Follow the plate of good food , that is, with food of the three groups – vegetables, cereals and animal foods in adequate amounts.
2. If the dish is not carrying vegetables, apply it as a garnish.
3. Avoid dressings because they are rich in fat, you can replace them with vinegar, olive oil or lemon.
4. The restaurants that offer places with a daily menu is a good option, because they generally serve smaller portions, and resemble, in some cases, the food consumed in the home.