U.S. diners seeking healthy foods

rare meatST. LOUIS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. adults who recently ate at a casual dining restaurant said in a survey that they are eating less fried food and less red meat.

The online survey, conducted by Maritz Research, of nearly 1,900 Americans who recently ate at a casual dining restaurant found when given a choice between food that is grilled or fried, 87 percent said they preferred their food grilled.

The survey also revealed that 36 percent said they were eating less red meat compared to five years ago, while 8 percent said they were eating more red meat.

One in four Americans is currently on a diet -- 29 percent of women are watching their weight compared to 18 percent of men, the survey said. Two-thirds of dieters indicated that they would stick to their diets, making healthy choices when eating out, compared to "overindulging" because dining out is a special occasion.

Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed indicated that offering low-carb or other healthy dining options was at least "somewhat important" in their decision when choosing a restaurant.