It’s What You Eat – Not Just Where You Eat

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Last Friday, a new study prompted headlines proclaiming that eating away from home and eating fast food may not link to obesity. Today, we’re hearing about a study from a scientific meeting showing that eating more homemade meals links to lower risk for type 2 diabetes.

Both obesity and type 2 diabetes link to many common cancers, including colorectal, liver and postmenopausal breast. But with seemingly contradictory take-aways, you may be left wondering – does it really matter where and what I eat?

Yes, it does!

Here’s what the researchers agree on:

  • whether or not these foods link to obesity, french fries, candy and sugary sodas are not healthy food choices
  • eating less food overall is the key to get to and stay a healthy weight

Overall research shows that eating away from home links to lower diet quality.  We’ve written about one study showing that eating out – whether at a sit down or a fast food restaurant – leads to eating more calories.

Study Data

If you’d like to prepare more meals at home but need ideas for quick and simple homemade meals, we’ve developed 5 dinner menus you can prepare in 30 minutes or less that fits the cancer-protective New American Plate way of eating. And for dining out I wrote about 6 ways you can make healthy choices in restaurants.


Author: Alice RD

Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention into action by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.

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