Chain restaurants in Toronto should have calorie and sodium (salt) counts on their menus, according to the city’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown.
According to a news release from the City of Toronto’s public health department, nearly half (46 per cent) of adults in the city are overweight. Nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) of adults in Toronto have high blood pressure.
McKeown wants that to change.
In the news release he said that, “diners underestimate the calories and sodium in their restaurant meals.”
Having the calorie and sodium figures right on the menu will help people make healthier choices when they order their food.
Many restaurants make nutritional information available, but it’s on a website or a brochure rather than right beside the food choices on the menu. That means people would have to look it up or ask for it from the server. When the information is listed right beside the menu items, people are more likely to consider it and use it to make better choices.
It also lets diners compare the menu items more easily. Toronto Public Health will ask the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop a law that requires chain restaurants to put the calorie and salt counts on their menus. The change would apply to restaurants that have 10 or more locations in Canada, or make more than $10-million a year.
They will be presenting their recommendations at a Board of Health meeting on April 29.
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