It's nice to take a break from cooking or get together with others for a meal at a restaurant. But, do you think about food safety when you eat out? You should.
Pick a place that looks clean.
If your city or state requires restaurants to post a cleanliness rating near the front door, check it out.
Don't be afraid to ask the waiter or waitress how items on the menu are prepared. For example, could you have the tuna cooked well instead of seared? Or, if you find out the Caesar salad dressing is made with raw eggs, ask for another salad dressing.
Consider avoiding buffets. Sometimes food in buffets sits out for a while and might not be kept at the proper temperature—whether hot or cold.
Going out to eat is enjoyable, but restaurants often serve large meals, which can be high in calories, fat, and salt. Here are a few tips from Go4Life to help make your meal both delicious and nutritious.
Food safety is a vital part of staying well. Each year, millions of people in the United States become ill from eating contaminated foods. The illnesses they get may come from eating foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may still enjoy going out to restaurants and other places they enjoyed in the past. Keep going on these outings as long as you are comfortable with them.
What's On Your Plate? is based on the nutrition recommendations for older adults in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).