It's an interesting question? Would you look at the nutritional information on the menu? Would it influence you as to what you would order? Would it hurt restaurant owners to have the information posted?
Absolutely! In the world today it is imperative that people know what we are eating. Let me decide if I want to eat at your facility!Why exclude nutritional information? If a restaurant is forthcoming and open, people will gain trust and are more likely become a repeat customer. Great question!
For sure they should have the info posted on the menu, as a guide only though. Most restaurants have many different "side options" and that could get a bit confusing and hard to pin point the exact amount of calories in your meal.
I think it might hurt the owner's only if they didn't have an healthy options on the menu. It could actually benefit them if they could market it properly. (I.E subway)
I found an investigative show on CBC that did a story on this back in November. You can see it here Their findings were pretty interesting and actually met with a lot of opposition.
It wouldn't stop me from going to my fav restaurant though.
Oh it would hurt the businesses who serve the extra-fat stuff, but we probably wouldn't have a nation with so many overweight people. Of course, people can read how bad cigarettes are for them and some will still smoke, so that may or may not work. It would sure snap me out of ordering the cheese stuffed crust pizza that I justify with "There is PROTEIN in cheese", or the hot fudge sundae. But you know, its right there on the Ben & Jerry's I love so much and I still eat that.
So I don't know. Sometimes we seem hellbent on destroying ourselves. The breads and wines and cheeses in France aren't marked with nutritional information yet the French are by far healthier than us. I think it is moderation in anything and as long as we live in a fast-paced fat-food dominated society, moderation may always elude us.
I am all for including some nutrition information on menus. I think it needs to be kept simple and to the point. If too much information is provided it will probably confuse more people than it helps. Also, if restaurant patrons start avoiding the richer, high calorie, high fat options, restuarants will have to modify the menu to offer healthier low fat fare and more realistic portions.
I agree with metroknow. It would be very helpful to know where the foods was sourced from and how the food was raised or grown. Is it organic and from local farmers? Were the animals grass fed and pasture raised? etc...
Knowing the ingredients to the recipes would be helpful as well.
However, eating at restaurants is usually reserved for "cheat" meals.
Most of your meals should be cooked or prepared at home, so you can be sure that the most healthful ingredients are included in them. It's good for you and it's good for your family.
Also, I never ever ever eat at fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's, Jack in the box, etc.
It doesn't matter if they serve something that is healthy or not. The majority of what they serve contributes to the current crisis of obesity and it's related diseases. I refuse to contribute 1 penny to these corporate monsters.
In this way, I am voting with my dollars and taking a stand for what I feel is the right thing to do.