Food & Recipes

Eat This Not That!

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An eye-opening guide to making the best food choices when you’re dining out, from the new book by David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding

It’s a scary statistic: 17 percent of this country’s kids are now overweight
or obese. In fact, no matter what your weight was as a kid, your child faces four times the risk of obesity as you did. But before you blame TV, the Internet, and video games, consider that only 15 percent of a body’s daily calorie burn comes from exercise. It’s not the culture that’s endangering our children’s health. It’s the food. It’s simply different from the food we ate 20 or 30 years ago; for example, it’s often full of high-fructose corn syrup, which adds hundreds of empty calories to our diets each day.

When you eat out as a family, there’s usually no way to know how many calories and fat grams you’re consuming. But armed with the info in this book, you can steer your kids toward healthier options at chain restaurants across America. Here, the offerings at five popular places.