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Can we find a combination of healthy and tasty when we dine out? Sadly, most of the restaurants don’t give us any option of low calorie foods//.

Mostly we don’t get an indication of the amount of calories we consume each meal, as we depend on the chef for this piece of information, it is an irony that many chefs are not aware of such matters.

There is a revolution beginning world wide as people are becoming more health conscious. At the same time we can find Indians devouring on calorie dense tandoori dishes with generous dashes of fat and spice.

Trans fat (oils which are hydrogenated for a longer shelf life and might increases the chances of developing cardiac problems) is getting banned by New York City's Board of Health, to follow certain guidelines and monitor the contents of menus in food outlets especially fast food joints.

It is normal that unless restaurant owners have enough knowledge about the nutritive value of foods they cannot take care of the customer’s health. Vikram Bakshi, MD of a chain of fast food outlets in India said that burger outlets, "provide customers with informed choices about meals that fit within their diets by offering complete nutrition calorie content for every product.

"But there's no proof of the same to be seen in their outlets. What is more believable is his claim that the chain uses "100 per cent refined, bleached and deodorized vegetable oil for frying."

It is important to know that only fast food is not harmful but food stuffs which are baked, margarines and salads which contain trans fat.

Dr SK Bhargava, cardiologist said, "Health conscious people presume salads and baked food items are healthier compared to oily stuff.

But the fact is that these products are rich in trans fat found in hydrogenated oil. If restaurants replace all sources of artificial Trans fat, the percentage of people suffering from cardiac ailments or obesity would de
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