Friday 20 October 2017

Menu calorie counters won't cut obesity but may give us indigestion

Health Minister James Reilly with Dr Mary Flynn, chief specialist public health nutrition at the FSAI. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography.
Health Minister James Reilly with Dr Mary Flynn, chief specialist public health nutrition at the FSAI. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography.
Can we no longer enjoy a steak in a restaurant without being made to feel guilty?
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

Suddenly I have a sour taste in my mouth. Our lives are monitored to death as it is, but it seems we are not to be left in peace to enjoy a meal out any more without having to count the cost. Literally.

Yesterday the Government stirred it up and took a first step towards the introduction of mandatory calorie postings on menus by launching an online calorie counter for use by restaurants.

Menu-cal, designed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), is to be made available free to the country's 22,000 food service businesses to help chefs calculate calories by assessing quantities of ingredients, the method of preparation and portion size.

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