How to make your calories count
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 | 04:34 PM ET
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?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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