Fast food vs. sit-down

Full-service restaurants aren’t always healthier than eating on the go

While popular wisdom holds that fast food is less healthy than eating at a sit-down restaurant, that may not always be true. Findings recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that, while eating at both fast-food and full-service restaurants is less healthy than cooking at home, dishes at regular restaurants scored worse than fast food when it came to cholesterol and sodium intake. Still, the study's authors found that full-service restaurants are healthier in terms of providing vitamins such as B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper and zinc, as well as potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, fast-food meals contain an excess of saturated fat and significantly more sugar than those at sit-down restaurants.

Source: U.S. News & World Report