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Which Meat to Eat When Eating Out?

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Created February 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

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!

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on February 26, 2011
at 07:42 PM

It's very possible. MSG or "free glutamic acid" tricks the brain/tongue into thinking even bland food is savory and delicious. Or it can make good food even better(but also neurotoxic)

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:39 PM

and if I am unsure of the meat, just very large salad with no dressing.

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:38 PM

When I eat out I order beef fajitas/vegetables steamed (this cuts down on the oil), and a house salad with guacamole. no rice, beans or tortillas of course.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I am in denial about chicken wings too. I LOVE them. I bought a ton of them at whole foods just so that I could experiment with sauces, but this one local place has the best sauce! It is definitely a cheat that I take way too often.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Thanks. Off to lunch today I go. It is a Mexican restaurant. Ugh! I hate eating out, but if you want to maintain a social life with friends, I guess you have to do it.

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on February 22, 2011
at 06:38 PM

This is a great point. I love getting the chicken wings at a restaurant I frequent, but I'm in denial about whatever they fry them in. I'm sure it's not lard...!

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:44 PM

That's a good question. I've struggled with that one myself. Ultimately, it's going to depend on the restaurant so I'm not sure there can be any general broad-sweeping answers. I say since you're already compromising on the quality of the meat, might as well go for whatever tastes the best, and if you can find restaurants that specify grass-fed, choose those.

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D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

on February 22, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I struggled with this too, see this thread:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/21858/paleo-at-home-vegan-when-dining-out#axzz1EibRPVk2

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.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:38 PM

When I eat out I order beef fajitas/vegetables steamed (this cuts down on the oil), and a house salad with guacamole. no rice, beans or tortillas of course.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on February 23, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Thanks. Off to lunch today I go. It is a Mexican restaurant. Ugh! I hate eating out, but if you want to maintain a social life with friends, I guess you have to do it.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4101)

on February 23, 2011
at 05:39 PM

and if I am unsure of the meat, just very large salad with no dressing.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:46 PM

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.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I am in denial about chicken wings too. I LOVE them. I bought a ton of them at whole foods just so that I could experiment with sauces, but this one local place has the best sauce! It is definitely a cheat that I take way too often.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on February 22, 2011
at 06:38 PM

This is a great point. I love getting the chicken wings at a restaurant I frequent, but I'm in denial about whatever they fry them in. I'm sure it's not lard...!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 26, 2011
at 07:42 PM

It's very possible. MSG or "free glutamic acid" tricks the brain/tongue into thinking even bland food is savory and delicious. Or it can make good food even better(but also neurotoxic)

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on February 22, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Wild fish at a sushi restaurant served sashimi or nigiri is probably pretty safe since you can skip the soy sauce and avoid gluten at the same time.

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:48 PM

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.

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on February 24, 2011
at 11:16 PM

My approach is to use eating out as a means of getting variety in my diet, that I wouldn't otherwise. I don't like cooking fish at home, so will often choose that when I'm out.

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on February 24, 2011
at 04:29 PM

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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on February 23, 2011
at 06:16 AM

I go for steak, if I can. I know its a full cut of meat, and if i remember, ask them to cook it in butter instead of whatever concoction they have in the back.

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