Starting Jan. 1, 2017 restaurants that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations will need to display calorie information for all their menu items.
“This is a great tool to help consumers make informed choices,” said Thunder Bay District Health Unit registered dietitian and public health nutritionist Victoria Holla.
“It’s one tool of a lot of different tools that can help support healthy eating. Especially for families and individuals who eat out frequently, this is something that can help them make choices.”
Holla pointed out while adults can judge calories in their meals based on a 2,000 to 2,400-calorie diet, calories are not the best indicator to determine the healthiness of food.
“Inclusion of nutrition information on menu boards marks a bold step by the Ontario government,” added Leslie Whittington Carter, Dietitians of Canada. “Dietitians are pleased to see the incorporation of recommendations they made during the consultation process. Education and evaluation are important next steps to ensure the long-term success of this initiative.”