I think on the surface it’s a great idea. You can go into a pizza restaurant or Indian restaurant and eat your whole days calories in one sitting without even realising it.
I think many people have no idea of the calorific values of the food they eat. Trouble is they’ll probably just carry on regardless. Quite a few chains have been implementing this for years and I don’t see much improvement to the nation’s health.
I think it’s a good thing.
Like Hunzas said, you can go to a restaurant and have no idea of the calorie load of the food you eat. It will be good information.
It wouldn’t change anything for me, if I’m eating out I’m not going to be looking at the calories I’m eating. That’s a healthy way for me as if I’m watching the calories for that meal I’m, I’m not eating out.
I’m curious on the accuracy. A large chain can work out nutritional info as they make most of the ingredients in bulk but how does a small independent restaurant accurately do this? I’ve tied to consider working out calories when cooking on the fly and it’s too hard. Will a small restaurant get it right or will it be a broad guess?
Can you though, I’ll happily eat a lot on a meal out, but I know that I’m far fuller than a normal meal at home. It’s very clear I’ve eaten more.
Anyway, it’s an interesting move, well natured and seems logical, but it’s only going to be useful in so much as whether people actually pay attention to it.
It’s similar purpose to the sugar tax I suppose, which did lead to consumption of sugar in soft drinks dropping, but that appears to be largely due to manufacturers switching from sugar to artificial sweeteners - and artificial sweeteners of course are quite well linked with weight gain.
I wonder if it’s likely that we’re just going to see portion sizes reduce with smaller fries at McD’s, or less cheese on pizza - that kind of thing.
They probably don’t need to. It only applies to businesses with more than 250 employees so an absolute ton of businesses won’t be affected by this.
You may know you are fuller. Have you just eaten 3000 calories though? A few beers, a starter, mains and dessert. I never eat 3 courses at home so I’m going to feel fuller. No idea how many calories in my dough balls, cheese heavy pizza and creamy dessert.
Funnily enough McDonald’s has quite a few of the lower calorie options when compared to places like Pizza chains and Wagamamas
Good point. I guess it’s going to be as everywhere: supply and demand. If people choose the meals with less calories more often then the restaurants will change the sizes (hopefully also lowering the price). Btw I still can remember the times when the food you bought had absolutely no information labeled. Now there is not only information about the ingredients but sometimes also about the nutritional value (kind of a flag system). But - and it’s a really big BUT - all that information didn’t help with the obesity problem at all. It helps people who are willing to take care of their health and who can afford it! But as long as processed food with low nutritional value is that much cheaper than fresh and healthy meals it all stays the same. Of course it’s always good to give people the means at hand so that they are able to make better choices. But it must not take away the responsibility of the food industry!
I lean towards @kassandra’s view point. I’m not really a fan of adding calories to menus. Obesity isn’t due to a lack of knowledge, it’s due to a lack of accessibility. McDonald’s have had calorie information on their menus for years and it hasn’t done much.
Also you’ve got issues for those with, or recovering from, eating disorders.
Being aware of the number of calories you’re eating or consciously tracking is different to being shown the calories for one meal you eat that day, assuming you take in that information and it influences your choice.
I don’t have access to the data, but I would hazard a guess that well over 50% of the customer base uses Huel as a way of calculating calorie intake for the Huel based meals of the day. That may also make them think of other meal calorific values.
I don’t see that as a bad thing. we have a problem at the moment when we have an obesity crisis but at the same time nutritionally poor food choices are the mainstream.
Many people don’t know how to cook with fresh ingredients any more.
Interestingly we have a food bank in my town, yet all it appears to do is allow the local supermarkets to offload out of date over-processed white bread. There is often very little other food there than French sticks.