Food is so social with me. I would normally think that anything with lettuce in it would be healthier than a burger and fries.....and that suprisingly is not true!
i have mixed views, on the one hand it seems like a nanny state thing to me and maybe we all need to take a bit more responsibility (before you shout at me i'm including myself in that!!!) but on the other hand if it helps people to make an informed choice i'm all for that. The thing that has really caught me out in the past is starbucks- a days calories in a coffee!!!
i wouldn't want it printed all over the menu but available for people to request or maybe a traffic light system where a percentage of calories per 100g for example was seen as green, amber or red green= healthy choice, amber= ok in moderation red= book me in for my bypass now!
It would be useful for dieters if it was printed on menus, but I would rather it was voluntary. Surely anyone who is that concerned with calorie counting would already have a good idea of food content. I think WW have an online guide?
For myself, if I were eating out it wouldn't deter me at all. Life is too short to 'sweat the small stuff' ... I know that for a fact.
They could offer two menus - one with the scary calorie stuff on for people who want to know, and a regular menu for people who are on holiday and don't give a stuff what they eat for 2 weeks. :D
I agree there.Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 12524
I guess a few other niggle-etts for me. I'm no nutritionist, but calories can't be the only measure of healthy food and I wonder if it'll lead to even more pressure especially on kids. "omg you're not having THAT look at the calories! we're all having the celery" sigh.
I can already see the fast food companies adverts "super duper size chocolate fudge cake now with only 100 calories*" *but loaded with dodgy fake additives and preservatives to get it that way
I guess I wish as a society we'd focus more on a whole healthy diet rather than the calorific content of individual items :/ heck I'm the wrong person to be saying it given the horrendous diet I have but still
It wouldn't make a difference to me, if we go out for a meal it's because it's a special occasion and if we are on holiday the diet is on hold
I can imagine how off putting it could be for some people though.
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Good point about the unnecessary legislation.
It used to be that Season's 52 had their servers carry PDAs and they could tell you the nutritional content of any meal/dish you chose. I really liked that. It was there for the asking, but not unavoidable. Unfortunately, they seem to have stopped that.
I think having the calorie content at least gives information to people who really don't realize, but need to know. I'm thinking of seniors here. They eat out quite often and truly think they are eating healthy when they order battered and fried fish. "Fish is good for you!"
I do agree that what we put in our bodies is more important than a unit of energy. What else is there in that food, eh?
Very interesting stuff though.
I agree with Keith. Calories and fat do not equal all you need to know about food when you are eating.
I think this will make it harder for restuarants to attract people. More take-out will be served. Who wants to be scrutinized for what they are eating? That already happens and people don't know the exact calories on the plates.
What's this really teaching children of an impressionable age? Watch what you order because servers and people you are eating with will be counting your calories!
Instead of calories listed I think they should offer to disclose how many actual servings are on the plate. Lord knows many US restaurants serve 2-3 servings on 1 plate of food. I mean who eats a 16oz steak?? What about 1lb of mashed potatoes? (my DH but that's his problem!)