Your Favorite Restaurant Could Be Putting Your Heart at Risk

Young woman preparing takeaway healthy food inside restaurant during Coronavirus outbreak time - Worker inside kitchen cooking vegetarian food for online order service - Focus on saladNothing beats the feeling of getting a great deal. And for many, a great deal means “more.” It’s a win.

The reaction is entirely natural, but it’s also very short-sighted, especially when it comes to blood pressure and heart health.


Think about your favorite restaurant. Aside from the food, what draws you there? One factor is undoubtedly the price point. For the money, they give you a lot of great-tasting food. The value to your wallet is the driver.

But do you really need all that food on your plate? It’s no secret that restaurants often serve up two to three times a “normal” portion size. And while your bank account might seem better off for the moment, your heart is certainly paying the price.

Controlling portion size is a key element of promoting heart health. Limiting food intake to roughly a palm-sized portion of protein, half a plate of vegetables, and a quarter plate of whole-grain or starch is about all you need for a filling and nutritious meal.

Seasonings instead of thick sauces can also be a heart-healthy move.

Restaurants also know the tastes people are looking for. Many establishments load salt and sugar into popular items at a rate that far exceeds what you’d likely use at home. These ingredients, when consumed regularly, can increase weight and blood pressure.


When you think of the cost to your health, the value of these meals drops substantially. The cost to physical health compounds the little nutritional value they provide.

Try eating home-cooked meals to reduce portion size and increase the nutritional value of your meals. If you’re still unsure about how much you should be eating and what, it may be worthwhile to try a meal delivery service. These can be great for establishing portions and teaching you some new recipes.

You may want to support your local restaurant with takeout orders during the pandemic. That’s totally reasonable. Try to limit takeout to once per week, and remember you don’t have to eat your entire meal in one sitting or alone; consider splitting it with your partner if you can.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.