Do Calories on menus help you make better choices ?
The answer is ‘yes’ according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal. This study showed that when consumers can see the number of calories on menus, they consume approximately 60 less Calories per meal. This is a small reduction but is significant as it shows that if you give people the information about calories in foods, some will act on it and make healthier choices.
The other advantage of calorie labelling is that restaurants and food producers will change recipes to a lower calorie formulation to avoid bad publicity and protect their sales.
Calorie labelling for restaurants has been proposed both in Ireland and the UK and some chains have done it voluntarily. Mandatory labelling of calorie content is already enforced in America and Australia.
The increasing trend of eating out is having an impact on our waistlines and so more information on the content of what we are eating can only be seen as a step in the right direction.
Knowing the calorie content of foods when shopping or cooking helps make good food and recipe choices. Check out our handy MRP Food Calorie Guide MRP Guide
Estimating the effect of calorie menu labeling on calories purchased in a large restaurant franchise in the southern United States: quasi-experimental study