New York City was the pioneer in requiring restaurants to display their menu items calorie amounts.
Now, restaurant chains and other cities all over the world are beginning to follow along.
It is easy to find out the calories from chain restaurants online, but soon they will be right in front of our face as we make a food choice.
How much does this help our health and do people who eat there really care?
We Know It’s Bad
Research has said that restaurant calorie displays do not impact our choices substantially. If you make the decision ahead of time that we want a Big Mac, you are not going to walk into the restaurant and decide against it.
Most people will overlook the high calorie number.
It is a challenge to break habits and behaviors. A few numbers staring at you are not going to change what you have been doing for years.
Good for the Healthy Eaters
However, if you are already planning to make a healthy choice, the menu display will help you make that healthy choice. You will be able to correctly budget your calories to fit in your diet. It takes away the guessing game.
Some Apps and websites for those who want to make a healthy choice:
A massive database of restaurant calories and foods in general. It also allows you to track your calories eaten and calories burned throughout the day.
Offers a huge database of restaurant calorie information as well as suggests how much exercise it will take to burn those calories. No mobile app, however.
A nice database of fast food chains’ calorie and nutrition information. I like how it shows you the percentage of daily calories used by each menu item.
Do You Want to See Calories at Your Restaurant?
If seeing the high calorie digits could help start some in the process of thinking healthier and save others a couple calories here and there, then we are on the right path.
For me, if I am going to make a less healthy choice, and I have already decided it, I do not want to see those high calories staring up at me. I eat a healthy diet most every day, so when I decide to splurge, I don’t want to be reminded.
Overall, I am still in favor of restaurant calorie displays because it greatly helps those of us who want to make a healthy choice.