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HOUSTON (KIAH) – Ordering pizza three times a week may not be the healthiest lifestyle choice, and a new study confirms it.
Published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National survey on health and nutrition 1999-2014 found that eating out or ordering too many deliveries could lead to conditions that contribute to premature death.
We have long known that restaurant food is full of salt and butter and high in calories. This is why many of us love it.
But researchers have found that people who eat so much in restaurants have a 49% higher risk of premature death. They were also 65% more likely to die from cancer.
“Frequent consumption of meals prepared outside the home is significantly associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality,” the study said.
The researchers followed 35,084 people aged 20 or older who frequently eat restaurant food to assess risk. All of the study participants said they ate at least two meals a day at restaurants.
The study did not specify a “safe” amount to eat when dining out, but for most Americans, the answer is to try to eat less in restaurants or look for restaurants with healthier options.
The study acknowledged that “the evidence for the association between meals taken away from the home and long-term health outcomes is still limited.”
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