In order to help people be more educated about what they are eating, it would be useful if there were more requirements about listing nutrition content (as well as the ingredients and calories). That being said, it might be difficult for restaurants to comply with this, especially if they make food from scratch, rather than using prepared food. It would be difficult to have precise measurements. People need to be more mindful of what they eat in restaurant settings, and this type of requirement might be beneficial.
Many people don't know health facts or care, but there should warnings for those who do. When some careless person picks up a a nice juicy, McDonald's burger they don't care about the high saturated fat or sodium; they care about the taste. Really these fast-food joints know what they are doing. They know that they getting away with murder.
Healthy food choices are important for a long life. By letting consumers know which foods are bad for them, we better prepare them to make smart choices. An informed consumer is important. If people know which foods are high in fat and sodium, then they will avoid them more often. This will lead to fewer health problems and a healthier population.
Yes, I agree that restaurants should be required to put health warnings on menus for foods with high fat and sodium content, because these foods are very unhealthy and warning people could help them make better choices, instead of getting those foods that are high in fat and sodium. Lots of people order food thinking it's healthy, when in reality it is loaded with fat and sodium. Chicken and even salad dressing are classic examples of this. Sometimes, foods are deceiving. But, with the information readily available, consumers can make better choices. The restaurants should be in charge of informing the customers.
There should be regulations that require restaurants to list a health warning on menu items with sodium and fat contents that are beyond a certain threshold, as decided by the government or FDA. This may seem a bit harsh, but obesity and other food-related sicknesses plague the USA and tax the health system, making it in the public's best interest to at least be informed about the items they are eating, if they are particularly unhealthy.
Everyone these days is concerned about health issues. Especially what we put in our mouths. For some of us, taking the time to cook is not always possible, and eating on the go is always an option. For convenience, some of us visit a restaurant. So if that restaurant made us more aware of what was in the food, we might make healthier choices. And in doing so, have a healthier outlook towards food.
People tend to underestimate how unhealthy foods are and restaurants have outrageous portions in their meals. An eight-ounce steak, common in steak-houses, is enough to feed three or four people, but it's expected to be served to one person, so people think of it as one serving. A restaurant's serving of most foods are going to have more sodium and fat in them then servings made at home, largely because of the size of the portions, but also because the restaurant adds other extra ingredients to make them taste better. Customers don't always recognize this; nutritional information would be beneficial.
Anyone who eats out must realize by now the hidden calories that are contained in foods that you do not prepare yourself. Putting a warning on food is counter-intuitive, and may wreck a restaurant's reputation. Having calorie content is a great idea for those who want to know. However, a warning is inherent when you choose to eat fat and high sodium foods. A warning is not needed.
Patrons can use their own common sense and be aware of what menus items are likely to be full of fat or salt. In addition, they can easily question their server about a menu item. Knowledge about food types and their various fat or salt contents can be easily gained through a multitude of sources: books, Internet, package labeling, life experience, etc. Requiring restaurants to be responsible for educating the public is simply unfair.
Any person with common sense will know what foods have high fat and salt content. Restaurants are in business to give people a variety of food options, not to babysit overweight or unhealthy people that are too lazy to watch what they eat. The time and money to label all foods is not worth it.
Absolutely not, because each individual should be responsible for knowing what they are putting into their bodies. Most restaurants now will give you a nutritional list, if you ask. Or, there are numerous applications available for your phones that you can help you decide for yourself. Honestly though, if you decide to go and get a Big Mac, then you know it's high in both fat and sodium. There should be no additional requirements from the restaurant to give you that information.
No, this would create more time and efforts for the restaurants that would be worthwhile. And there is no guarantee that anyone would read the warnings. The price of the foods would go up because all the menus would have to be re-printed. Look around next time you go to a restaurant and notice what the average overweight person is consuming. They wouldn't heed the warnings.
When you order something from a restaurant it is pretty obvious whether or not it is a healthy or less healthy meal. There is no reason to make the restaurant compile extra information at an additional cost and probably an additional regulatory mess so that people don't have to think for themselves on whether or not they are eating healthy.