Dining-out – is there enough nutritional transparency?

17th January 2018

A recent study by Public Health England has revealed that 25% of all calories consumed come from food outside the home as the UK is dining-out more than ever. 

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “Dining-out, takeaways and ready meals are no longer a treat and account for a quarter of total calorie consumption. People eat around 200 to 300 calories too many a day, and doing so consistently has led to the obesity crisis gripping our nation. We will be working with the food industry to reduce the calories in everyday food and this year, our marketing campaigns are encouraging people to be more calorie-aware.”

Britain’s obesity problem is the worst in Western Europe, with over two-thirds of adults and a third of children overweight leading to soaring rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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To combat the issue Public Health England is working on new voluntary guidelines to encourage manufacturers to change their recipes and lower their calorie content by removing sugar and fat. They will also be launching a new campaign to persuade consumers to limit the calorie content of their meals, 400 for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner but officials say limits are unlikely to apply to restaurant dishes.

Therefore for restaurants to do their part in reducing Britain’s obesity crisis, it is time for them to offer true food transparency to diners, allowing them to make their own informed decisions based on nutritional information.

81% of those who are managing their weight read the nutritional information of the food they’re consuming and of these, 59% say they frequently or almost always read nutrition labels.

Here at Kafoodle, we offer a simple solution. Providing restaurants with a complete menu-management software and diners with the information they need to make informed dietary decisions. To see more about how Kafoodle can revolutionise your kitchen processes all the while allowing your diners to eat with confidence contact Annie on 07546 626 406 or at Annie@Kafoodle.com


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