seafoodIt used to be that eating out meant one couldn’t stay on his diet. It used to be that healthy eating meant tasteless or bland food.

However, with all the hoopla and fuss about eating the right foods, one can nowadays find a restaurant with healthy dishes in its menu.

Even fast food chains like McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, and restaurants like Ruby Tuesday provide food options for people on a strict diet.

When one is faced with dozens of healthy food options, he doesn’t immediately know what to order. One example is choosing which entree to order, whether to go with chicken, fish or seafood (the traditional white meat), or to throw caution in the wind and go with beef or pork (red meat).

Typically, chicken, fish or seafood take less time to cook than beef or pork. Red meat is usually best served at least medium rare; overcooking it, as in well-done steaks can dry the meat out and be less palatable and tougher to eat. However, bacteria may be lurking in raw meat; high heat and/or longer cooking times are required to ensure that the bacteria are killed.

Whatever color the meat comes in, it is healthier to stay away from fried meat dishes.  Meat does contain fats, but most of the fats are the mono- or polyunsaturated fats, which are known to lower the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

Frying, however, adds saturated fats to the food, which can raise LDL levels. It is best to order meat either baked or broiled, poached or steamed, sautéed or grilled. This way eating out can be as healthy as a home cooked meal.

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