What is the best protein to eat when eating out? I always struggle with this, since I eat out a couple of times a week. Never fast food, but usually just a casual restaurant. Knowing the following about the choices which one would be the BEST crappy choice?
Beef (knowing it is likely factory farmed) Chicken (same) Seafood (farm-raised) Pork (factory and grain fed)
I always stay Paleo when out (no grains, legumes, dairy) and just want to make the best protein choice considering all of the issues (omega 3/6 ratios, toxins, etc.) Thanks!
I struggled with this too, see this thread:
I chose Melissa's answer as it gave practical advice in a heirarchy of best restaurant meat to order down to the worst restaurant meat to order.
Grain fed beef and other meats should be the least of your worries when eating out at restaurants.
What you should be more concerned about IMO is soy-laden cooking oils, MSG, and other toxic additives and possibly cross contamination from gluten ect.
Beef is probably the best choice because some places probably use chickens that are dipped in a solution. But again, grain fed isn't that bad and grass-fed contains insignificant levels of omega fatty acids anyway. It never was a good source to begin with.
Unless you avoid grain fed beef for other reasons.
Since you won't find grass-fed/pastured in most restaurants, you're probably best off eating fish if the option is there, if only because the Omega-6/Omega-3 ratios are better. Failing that option, stick to leaner cuts of beef, which will at least offer solid protein.
I used to eat out 5 days/week; since going Paleo on January 1, I've probably been out 3 or 4 times.
I agree with Travis that, when I do go out, my first choice is sashimi (I bought a bottle of gluten-free soy and take a little of it in a small plastic container to the restaurant; be sure to get the low-sodium stuff because the gluten-free seems to be so salty it's all I can taste).
If sashimi isn't possible, I go for fish or beef with no sauce. I do it so rarely that I don't worry about it much, and just take some fish oil afterward to straighten out my omega 3:6's.
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