How to make your calories count

by Tara Kimura, CBCnews.ca

What are we to make of calorie counts and suggested sodium and carbohydrate intake recommendations? Is an appetizer containing 700 mg of sodium too much? How long will it take to burn off that side of fries? For the average diner, the numbers may seem abstract and theoretical.

This week, CBC News has launched a new database containing nutritional information from 12 restaurants — and we'll be adding more in the coming weeks. Readers can sort the information by restaurant and calorie counts. Consumers can compare the nutritional value of appetizers and main dishes and desserts.

And on our details page, we've included information with daily calorie, fat and sodium recommendations and a table that shows how long it will take to burn off consumed calories.

Which restaurants would you like to see added to the database?