Healthy Menu Choices Act 2015
Starting January 2017 all restaurants chains with 20 stores or over must have a calorie count for each meal and drink.
Love your double bacon burger? Well before you order you get to find out how many calories your are consuming. Large plate of pasta, count calories before you dig in, especially if you get it with sauce.
Even beverages will not be spared. Cocktails, beer, wine, the fun giant Belini with the plastic toy will must all show the consumer in large print the calorie count.
Why is this being done?
‘The average adult requires approximately 2,000 to 2,400 calories per day, however, individual calorie needs may vary.’ The Health ministry says the Healthy Menu Choices Act, passed in 2015, is aimed at helping families make more informed choices about what they are putting in their mouths and hopefully prevent skyrocketing obesity rates that cost the health-care system an estimated $4.5 billion annually.’ Toronto Star
Eat fish and chips at the Firkin restaurant that is 1,203 calories, not including drink or sauces. The Full Monty burger alone has 1,735 calories.
You do the math on that one. You, on average need 2,400 calories a day, you get over half of that in one burger.
A lot of food chain have a calorie menu, including McDonalds where studies show that the salad, which one would think would be healthy has more calories than a Big Mac.
A lot of this information has been available at the store or online for awhile now. Now with the new act, which hope to help people to eat better by making healthier choices is enforcing companies to clearly display calories to their customers.
Question: would this change how you eat and what you order?
For me, I know that cooking at home is healthier than eating out. I can control what produces I use, how I cook the food, no deep fried, and the salt and spices I use. However, every now and again I want to eat out. I know that the portions will be larger and the food more greasy and not as healthy but well eating out for me atleast is a treat. I walk into the restaurant or now in the summer into the ice cream shop with my eyes wide open and my mouth too.
I think having information is always a great in any situation. The more you know the more you can make a mindful decision.
Eating healthy is extremely important in all areas of our lives, mind, body and soul. We all know this. So when you go out to eat and a giant juicy burger dripping in cheese and bacon is placed in front of you, be mindful when you eat it and than plan for a walk home, maybe a brisk jog.
Be mindful about your choices. Your choice + Your responsibility.
What do you think about this new Healthy Menu Act? Will it improve people’s health or waste of government and restaurant money to implement?
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