Ever wonder why foods you buy at the grocery store have to be labelled with 13 nutrients, but somehow restaurant foods are exempt? The fact is people are eating out more. In fact restaurant food makes up at least one fifth of the food that the average Canadian eats and nearly 40% of Canadians eat out at least a few times per week. Yet we have no idea how many calories or sodium or fat or sugar is in those foods we eat, unless of course we go out of our way to look them up online….if the restaurant has actually disclosed that information!
Do you think that if restaurants posted their nutritional information you would choose different foods?
What if you had to pick between these entrees?
Individual pepperoni pizza (Boston Pizza) – 840 calories
Red curry chicken bowl (Milestones) – 1070 calories
Grilled salmon wrap (Milestones) – 550 calories
Fish and chips (Swiss Chalet) – 1240 calories
Quarter chicken dinner, white meat, with salad and vinaigrette and roll (Swiss Chalet)- 430 calories
Would your choice be different now that you know the calories?
If you want to show your support for menu labelling, go to www.menutruth.ca to send a message to your government official.
We’d like to know what you think about this. Are you ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ for menu labelling??