Flavours lost while counting calories

UK has announced that restaurants and pubs across Britain should start revealing calorie counts of all foods/meals/drinks they serve.

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Published: Tue 21 Jul 2015, 4:30 PM

The Local Government Association (LGA) in the UK has just announced that restaurants and pubs across Britain should start revealing calorie counts of all foods/meals/drinks they serve. The labelling has to be "clear and prominent". What's more, even food served within the premises of movie theatres - like the mandatory 'popcorn and cola', without which no cinematic experience ever seems complete - will have to carry these 'warning tags'.
All this is an attempt to make consumers more aware of actually knowing what they are eating - so they can be careful, even as the UK, along with the rest of the world, grapples with an ever-increasing obesity concern. In legalese, the current ruling would be tantamount to the term caveat emptor: buyer (or consumer) beware (and consume responsibly). In the US, a mandatory scheme has already been passed whereby all large restaurant chains have until the end of next year to "put calorie counts on menus".
It is perhaps only a matter of time that the rest of the world follows suit - because obesity, linked largely to consumption of fast food and disproportionate eating out, is now a global epidemic. Having said so, it is still unfortunate that things have come to such a pass. purely from the point of view of dining out.
There used to be a time when eating out was considered one of life's great pleasures; it was supposed to be a time and consumption pattern when you gave yourself a break and not bother about calorie intakes. because eating home-cooked healthy food was the stuff of 'routine'. The roles have reversed now, with eating out having become the routine and cooking at home being reserved as a rare act to be played on 'special occasions'.
There are already some restaurants in the UAE that display calorie counts on menus (not as a rule but by choice), but these are the 'health-conscious' ones that take pride in serving less fattening options. So, who knows, soon we may be looking at menus and - instead of gasping at price points - gasping at the calorie count of your favourite steak and chips or biryani.



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