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Should calorie counts be on the menu?

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Restaurant goers are unlikely to request special brochures or look the numbers up online before their visit, Canadian fitness industry members say. (iStock)

Restaurants chains could be forced to post calorie counts and other nutritional facts on their menus if Canadian fitness industry lobbyists get their way.

The Fitness Industry Council of Canada argues that restaurants with 10 or more locations should be required by law to include the extra information, a move they believe will promote public health.


The group, which runs the Menu Truth website, proposed their plan on Parliament Hill Tuesday. Their call for legislation is based on the Centre for Science in the Public Interest's report Writing on the Wall.

The group wants these numbers to be readily available, arguing that restaurant goers are unlikely to request special brochures or look the numbers up online before their visit.

When we asked CBC readers what nutritional information should be mandatory on restaurant menus, 44 per cent wanted a comprehensive list -- but another sizable contingent (28 per cent) wanted nothing at all.

Smaller groups wanted:

  • Calorie content: 20.45%
  • Sodium content: 6%
  • Cholesterol content. 1.81%
  • Vitamin content. 0.31%

Would you value having nutritional information right on your menu? Why or why not? How do you assess the nutritional value of foods you order at restaurants, if at all?



(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' replies.)

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