What do restaurants have to fear?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I knew I was going to Texas Roadhouse last night for dinner to support a local fundraiser. I figured I would go to their website and check the nutrition info so I could map out what I would have to eat. Why don't all restaurants have nutrition info available so we can make healthy choices? The only info I could find was on other (non restaurant) sites. I know that they all offer some healthy options but why are they afraid to make the info public? Do they think that people won't go out to eat if they can actually choose ahead of time the best foods for their lifestyle? Since I had looked at the menu online I decided I would either get the 1/2 oven roasted chicken or the grilled pork chop for an entree. I ended up getting the pork chop and brought 1/2 home. For the two sides I ordered the baked sweet potato without any additions (although I did get butter on the side in case but didn't use) and the steamed vegetables (broccoli and baby carrots). I did have 1 roll (no butter) and a few fried dill pickle chips (I counted it as 1/4 of an order but didn't have that many).
I've heard there is going to be a mandate that all restaurants post nutrition information so people can make wise choices. The local McDonald's already do that here, I'll be glad when the other restaurants have to do the same (even if it is only online). I understand that portion sizes may vary some if the entrees are hand cut or not pre-packaged/frozen from the chain but couldn't they just have some type of disclaimer that the counts are approximate and may vary?
I think the restaurant industry needs to give people the tools to make healthy choices instead of keeping us in the dark and guessing about what we are eating.