Tired of cooking? Here are the healthiest takeaway options for runners

Takeaway pizza is a foolproof option for cozy nights in, and with these now becoming the new normal, we need to be aware of its nutritional content. From oily spiced wedges to greasy mozzarella sticks, takeaway pizza menus are often littered with cholesterol-spiking nibbles. ‘Traditional Italian pizzerias will typically use traditional methods and make pizzas freshly to order with natural ingredients for toppings,’ says Pearson. Rather than piling the cheese with a farmyard’s worth of meat, add some fresh vegetables, such as aubergine, spinach and peppers. ‘You’re better off opting for a side salad or making your own at home if that’s not available.’ Despite the abundance of options available, the classic ‘fish and chips’ duo remains Britain’s favourite takeaway. A 2019 poll surveying 2,000 adults found that nearly one in five British people pop into their local fish and chip shop once a week, with another one in three visiting at least once a month. Fish and chips are also typically high in salt, which, when eaten in excess, elevates blood pressure and increases chance of stroke and heart attack. Indian food is not considered unhealthy in its country of origin, though, so why do we feel so heavy after a trip to the curry house? It may sound like a broken record at this point, but oil is again to blame for corrupting the nutritional content of Indian takeaway. ‘Many Indian fast-food restaurants deep-fry foods like poppadoms, samosas and bhajis, using hydrogenated oils, which are the worst type of fat from a health perspective,’ says Pearson. Indian mains are also often served with refined carbohydrates, such as naan bread and white rice, which are low in fibre, vitamins and nutrients. ‘They often use sauces high in sugar and additives such as the controversial flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG),’ says Pearson.

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