Saturday, October 12, 2013
For a number of years quite a few American jurisdictions have required major restaurant chains to post calorie counts and other nutritional info on their menus. The idea being that people will make healthier selections if they know what they're getting. Now my province of Ontario is to follow suit with new legislation.
It's not clear exactly why. Follow-up US studies indicate that for the most part and even when they know the calorie consequences people will still choose what they want rather than what they need.
However, that's more the case for mass market chains (McDonalds) than for upwardly mobile chains (Starbucks).
Hmmmm. Last weekend when I stopped for a plain skim milk latte and an oat bar after a trip to an art gallery (yup, I know this sounds like a total cliché . . . ) I was stunned to realize after the fact (calories not yet posted at Starbucks here) that my healthy looking and unadorned oat bar clocked in at 370 calories. The latte was 130. Total 500 calories for a "snack": waaaay too much. Had I known, I would not have ordered that oat bar for sure. (Of course, I could have used my iPhone to check it out anyhow on the Starbucks website, but I didn't).
For those of you already put on notice of calorie counts . . . has the info in fact influenced your choices?