No matter what size you are, everyone wants to eat healthier. However, restaurants and supper clubs have gained a reputation for being less healthy than a home-cooked meal. Why’s that? Because studies and research have shown that people tend to consume more calories and less nutrients when dining out. The more people you eat with, the more calories you consume.
Let’s take a closer look at these studies.
Despite researchers saying eating with more people causes overeating, the statement is more deceptive than it is accurate. While people do tend to consume more calories when dining with a larger group, the size of the group is not the reason why people are overeating. The real culprit is mindless eating.
Besides mindless eating, there are other factors that lend people to believe restaurants and supper clubs are less healthy than a home-cooked meal. However, including supper clubs into this mix is a huge mistake. By carefully considering these nutritional studies, we see that supper clubs offer a healthier alternative than dining in or dining restaurant-style.
Eating a meal or snack while you focus on something other than the food – your smartphone, engaging in conversation, watching television – leads to consuming more calories than if you simply focus on your food while eating. Because you’re distracted, you are not paying as much attention to how much food you’re consuming or triggers that you’re satiated.
Experts are calling this trend “mindless eating.” Even under low levels of distraction, mindless eating causes people to overeat whether they eat alone or with a group. However, this study found that the effects of mindless eating are moot when people eat among strangers, which is common of many Grub Club events.
Even though meals eaten alone tend to be more nutritious, eating alone is not immune to mindless eating. In fact, mindless eating is common among people who eat alone, and the tendency to overeat overrides the health benefits of a more nutritious meal.
At each Grub Club event, the focus is the food. The company and venue do contribute to distraction, so mindless eating is not entirely avoidable, but diners engage far more with supper club’s food than they would a meal eaten alone.
Distraction level matters with self-serving, but not with pre-plating.
Although mindless eating and eating with friends have proven to increase caloric intake, the level of distraction only affect consumption when people serve themselves. Because pre-plating allows for a set portion of each food item, the chances of overeating decrease and people are less susceptible to the effects of distraction.
Grub Club’s pop-ups allow for diners to eat without thinking about portion control because the portions are controlled by the chef. With this pressure of portion control taken away, diners can enjoy the food without concerning themselves too much about overeating.
Many restaurants use an alarming amount of processed foods, skyrocketing the salt and added sugar in their food. The average restaurant meal is 144 calories more than the average meal made at home. And, the portion sizes at restaurants don’t lend themselves to healthier eating.
Around the world, salt intakes are in excess due in large to the increase in processed foods, leading to health problems like hypertension and heart disease, the second highest cause of death in the UK. Cancer is the leading cause of death.
The food you find at a supper club is a home-cooked meal by the chef, including an abundance of fresh ingredients and excluding the extra salt. Therefore, the healthy reputation given to home-cooked meals is the same reputation supper clubs ought to have.
Supper clubs take away meal-prep stress.
Research has also found that preparing a meal under time stress correlates with less-healthy meals. This means that for those of us who rush to throw together something to eat are making food that is lacks many of the nutritional benefits that would be a part of our meal if we had taken the extra TLC in the kitchen. This effects working mothers most, and their children.
At Grub Club, there’s no need to stress about meal prep and the time devoted to buying, preparing, cleaning, and finally eating the food. And, the chefs have dedicated an impressive amount of time and effort into their food, thereby resulting in meals that taste good and make the body feel good. So after a long and stressful week of work, going to a supper club can reduce stress and improve the health of the meal.
Those with dietary restrictions can have trouble finding menu items that accommodate their needs, so many of them eat at home. With the increase in the number of people who follow these diets – gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-friendly diets – the need for menu items that work for a variety of diets has increased throughout the UK. Restaurants are simply not meeting this need fast enough.
The supper clubs at Grub Club all include menu items that can be adapted to any dietary need, and all supper clubs are required to do so. This means that there will always be a place at the table for the vegan, the lactose-intolerant, and the gluten-free dieters.
Stress wreaks havoc on the digestive system.
Constant and high stress harm the body as well as the mind, including the digestive system. Stress can cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) system, increase the amount of acid in the stomach, and sometimes cause the system to temporarily shut down. This results in stomach aches, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress hormones and the body’s response to them changes the gut microbiota by causing an overgrowth of some bacteria in the GI tract.
Supper clubs take away stress by providing a meal in a relaxed and happy environment – one less meal diners have to stressfully prepare and fit into their day. The added social experience of supper clubs also eliminates stress, thereby freeing the digestive system of stress triggers so that it can operate smoothly.