Eating out

Increasingly, we have more and more meals away from home - eating in restaurants and pubs or grabbing sandwiches and takeaways on the run. However, food made away from home tends to be higher in fat and salt and lower in fibre than the home-made equivalent. As long as eating out is not the usual thing you do, then it should not be a problem, but if you eat out regularly look out for lower fat options, avoid items that are served in butter or cream, and are fried or battered. These are often loaded with fat because ofthe way they are prepared.

It is sometimes difficult to know what to do when eating out with friends who have made a special effort to prepare delicious food for you, which then turns out to be quite unsuitable. However, if you warn your friends in advance that you have diabetes and want to avoid food containing high concentrations of sugar, you will probably find it less embarrassing all round.

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