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Bring Your Lunch to School and Work
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Well-known fast-food chains infiltrate many schools. Although fast foods pose no problem if you have them only on occasion (once a week), your child should not eat them for lunch on a regular basis. They are loaded with harmful trans-fatty and saturated acids, artificial preservatives and sweeteners, and sugars. Many adults eat out at lunchtime. It is more economical and healthful to bring your own lunch. When you do eat out, choose reputable, more healthful restaurants.

Tips for Eating Out

You can enjoy eating out and still get a relatively healthful meal. Following are some tips:

  • Tell the waiter that you do not want a dessert menu or sample at the end of the meal.
  • Choose fruit juice, milk, or water over soda.
  • Choose fruit instead of french fries as a side dish.
  • Avoid fried foods.
  • Order a salad with the dressing on the side (so that you can use a small amount instead of the heaping that usually drenches the salad).
  • Give your children menu options that do not include fried foods.
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