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It can be hard sometimes to juggle the demands of a fast paced life and between work, play, family and rest, food is often the element that gets neglected.
But according to diet app The Eatery’s latest findings in conjunction with Massive Health, eating out, skipping meals and gorging on weekends to make up for a hard week can significantly affect our health.
Illustrated with colourful infographics, data was gleaned from 7.68million food ratings from over 50 countries and health was determined as per the fit/fat health rating on the Eatery app.
Most importantly is the discovery that early meals of the day are generally healthier than those later in the day. In fact for every hour that passes, the nutritional value and goodness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7 per cent.
By dinner time the evening meal is 15.9 per cent less healthy than breakfast.
This means that if we eat breakfast, we are already guaranteeing that we will be eating healthier that day. Data shows that breakfast eaters are 12.3 per cent healthier than people who skip the morning meal thinking they are saving calories.
Those who sacrifice an early morning feeding to enjoy a big salad at lunch should also reconsider their routine.
Breakfast eaters crave less during the day so portion sizes remain smaller than those of the people who don’t eat breakfast and larger portions, quite obviously, lead to a higher calorific intake.
Not only this but salad does not itself a healthful meal promise. A chicken caesar salad at McDonald’s was found to contain 330 calories whereas the same item on a menu at Cheesecake Factory packed a whopping 976 calories.
And the type of salad varies hugely in calorific value with Cobb and Greek clocking far healthier on the charts than a potato salad or coleslaw.
Of course the types of meals people eat varies enormously and though many pride themselves on being ‘omnivores’, people with less dietary restrictions tend to be less healthy than other more mindful eaters.
57 per cent of users claimed to eat ‘everything’ but those who watch what they eat, whether in terms of meat, calories or carbs, were found to be at least 15.9% healthier if not more.
The most abstemious of all eaters, vegans and vegetarians, are in fact 22.4% healthier than their ‘less fussy’ friends.
But the best way to know for sure that you are eating well according to the figures, is to simply eat at home.
Though Eatery users appear to dine out 74% of the time, when we prepare their own meals we are 12.7% healthier.
Perhaps the most dramatic dynamic rendered by the playful computer graphics is the difference in the way we eat during the week versus the weekend.
After a busy and stressful five days of work, data showed that we are all at least slightly guilty of letting go of the self-control come Friday night.
While Tuesday wins the competition for healthiest day of the week Sunday’s rating drop an unimpressive 10.2% in the health stakes.
According to the Eatery, we eat 1.5 times more cupcakes, 1.4 times more croissants and 1.4 times more hamburgers.