Calories don’t tell the whole story
The majority of restaurant entrée calories weren’t grossly high—667 is about one-third of what the average adult needs each day. But fat, especially saturated fat, and sodium matter too—especially when you consider that 82 percent of adults eat out at least once a week.
Cooking at home may save your life
The study found that people who cook up to five times a week were significantly more likely to be alive after 10 years than people who never or rarely cooked. Now, there are limitations here: It may be that people who are healthier in the first place may be more apt to cook than people who are sick. But cooking at home provides a great combination of healthy meals without all the extra fat, sodium, sugar, and calories that restaurants tend to pack in, plus the physical and mental activity of shopping for groceries, following a recipe, then actually cooking it and cleaning up afterward.