Will putting meals’ calorie counts on menu make you eat more healthily? Half of diners are likely to order more nutritious dishes when restaurants are forced to introduce the measure this week, 연구 제안
More than half of diners are likely to order healthier food when restaurants are forced to put calories on their menus from this week, 2022년 2월 23일.
약간 57 per cent said the new nutritional information is likely to influence their choices but only 21 per cent believe it will help combat the nation’s obesity crisis.
The new rules require cafes, restaurants and takeaways run by firms with more than 250 employees to put calories on their menus from Wednesday.
It is part of a wider Government strategy to cut obesity and promote healthy eating.
More than half of diners are likely to order healthier food when restaurants are forced to put calories on their menus from this week, 2022년 2월 23일 (파일 이미지)
Conditions related to being overweight or obese across the UK cost the NHS an estimated £6.1billion each year.
Almost two-thirds (63 퍼센트) of adults in England are overweight or obese and one in three children leaves primary school too fat.
Vita Mojo, whose technology powers ordering systems for over 90 UK restaurant brands including Leon and Nando’s, polled 1,000 adults about the changes. It found 48 per cent already track or have an awareness of their calorie intake, with women and younger people more likely to do so.
하나, campaigners at Beat, which supports people with eating disorders, warns the policy risks causing ‘great distress’ to those affected. The charity says focusing on weight, rather than health, is counter-productive.
Thomasina Miers, the former MasterChef winner and co-founder of Wahaca, the Mexican restaurant chain, described calorie counting as a ‘blunt tool for assessing goodness in food’.
그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘I would love to see more emphasis on how food is grown, what chemicals were used and whether whole, fibre-rich ingredients were used.’
Almost two-thirds (63 퍼센트) of adults in England are overweight or obese and one in three children leaves primary school too fat (파일 이미지)
But Hugo Engel, from Leon, 말했다: ‘In the future, we see calorie and allergen labelling being just as important as being transparent about the environmental impact of our menu.’
Official guidance to businesses on the new rules says: ‘In addition to helping consumers make healthier decisions, calorie labelling aims to encourage businesses to reformulate the food and drink they offer and provide lower calorie options.’
Stefan Catoiu, co-founder of Vita Mojo, 말했다: ‘Our research shows consumers want to know more about what they eat as well as where the food comes from.
‘This is only going to increase, with younger generations taking even more interest.’