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Old 02-22-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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Do you really want calorie labels on menus?

There is a push at Queen's Park (Ontario's equivalent to your State's Capital) to force restaurants to post calorie and sodium contents on their menus.
I think we are being nanny'd to death.

http://fw.to/oaNAFwB

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Old 02-22-2014, 10:31 AM   #2
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There is a push at Queen's Park (Ontario's equivalent to your State's Capital) to force restaurants to post calorie and sodium contents on their menus.
I think we are being nanny'd to death.

http://fw.to/oaNAFwB

What about cholesterol and net carbs, too? Maybe there should be a complete nutrition label next to each menu item.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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I think nutrition info is great. I don't think that is "nannying". Nannying would be a law that limited the amount of sugar, fat, salt, whatever, in the food served. This just allows people to make an informed decision.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:58 AM   #4
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An alternative to placing it right on the menu would be to have a seperate document available if requested that gave the nutritional information of the various dishes. Then people who want to just read a menu could do so and those who wanted to know the nutritional information would have it available. I think common allergen information should be on the menu. I mean, almond crusted salmon is an obvious no go for someone with a nut allergy, but I've seen things like salads who's listings tha said some thing like, "with seasonal garnish" and when it came out the garnish included nuts.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:06 AM   #5
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I find the nutrition information helpful.

One example that sticks in my mind was a trip to Dunkin' Donuts. I stayed away from the doughnuts and selected a bagel. My bagel contained 67 carbs and a chocolate glazed doughnut had 37 carbs. In my situation the doughnut would have been a better choice, who knew!
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An alternative to placing it right on the menu would be to have a seperate document available if requested that gave the nutritional information of the various dishes. Then people who want to just read a menu could do so and those who wanted to know the nutritional information would have it available. I think common allergen information should be on the menu. I mean, almond crusted salmon is an obvious no go for someone with a nut allergy, but I've seen things like salads who's listings tha said some thing like, "with seasonal garnish" and when it came out the garnish included nuts.
Then it should say on the menu that the document is available.

Only 4% of the people in Ontario even knew that those documents are available, according to that news piece.
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I find the nutrition information helpful.

One example that sticks in my mind was a trip to Dunkin' Donuts. I stayed away from the doughnuts and selected a bagel. My bagel contained 67 carbs and a chocolate glazed doughnut had 37 carbs. In my situation the doughnut would have been a better choice, who knew!
Yup.

I was thinking that there are places I stay away from now, that, if I knew which menu items weren't overloaded with salt, etc., I might be willing to try.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:14 AM   #8
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I find the nutrition information helpful.

One example that sticks in my mind was a trip to Dunkin' Donuts. I stayed away from the doughnuts and selected a bagel. My bagel contained 67 carbs and a chocolate glazed doughnut had 37 carbs. In my situation the doughnut would have been a better choice, who knew!

The same is true of donuts vs. muffins @ DD. Muffins have a LOT more calories than the donuts.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:22 AM   #9
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Nutritional information on a menu appears to be a good thing, and can always be ignored if one chooses. It's not a problem for chain franchises to figure out all the information by nutritional experts they can afford to employ. The problem lies with the independent owners who have neither the time or money to figure out the correct nutritional values on each menu item.
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Nutritional information on a menu appears to be a good thing, and can always be ignored if one chooses. It's not a problem for chain franchises to figure out all the information by nutritional experts they can afford to employ. The problem lies with the independent owners who have neither the time or money to figure out the correct nutritional values on each menu item.
In this particular case, the law would apply to chains of 5 or more restos with earnings over $5,000,000/year. I thought that was a nice touch.
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