The “average” American eats between 4 and 5 meals out of the home each week, adding up to almost 20 meals a month. These meals can be procured from a host of establishments from fast food restaurants, quick service restaurants, also known as “fast casual” places such as Chipotle, Panera or Jimmy John’s, sit down restaurants, such as diners or delis, or those at the high end with white table cloths and fancy china. There are many more restaurants now than ever before in history, with more than 600,000 fast casual restaurants in the US alone. Add to that cafeterias, ranging from school food service to corporate work places, hospitals and medical centers, as well as senior living establishments. Not everyone has a wide range of choices when it comes to where they’ll eat but food service businesses do have a choice of what they use when designing their menus and preparing their food. They can choose to “buy local”, buy organic or sustainable foods. They can start with fresh ingredients or they can take processed food and gussy them up. Remember that your choice of where you eat has an impact. Choose wisely.

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