Calorie Display Regulation for Restaurants

By | 2019-03-04T14:47:56+00:00 March 4th, 2019|

The World Health Organization classified 39% of the population as “overweight” in 2016. As obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, many countries are taking measures to prevent this life-threatening disease. Calorie intake is one of the most important indicators of overall health.

The ODPHP suggests a daily calorie intake of 1600-2000 calories for women and 2000-3000 calories for man depending on the activity level and restaurants play a huge role in the dietary regulation. As governments start taking actions towards preventing obesity, restaurants are obliged to display calorie information on their menus to inform all guests better. Some countries have made this a mandatory field on the menu and many more are expected to do the same in the near future.

The calorie total changes depending on the serving size and modifiers of an item. Every single dish should have its calorie displayed including all items on the plate such as sides, toppings, sauces. Any add on or modification on the portion will change the calorie total and all guests should be able to see how a certain dish will affect their daily intake clearly.

FineDine has a built-in calorie display feature for all serving sizes and modifiers of each item. Restaurants can specify portions, sides, condiments, additions, and toppings with the respective pricing and calorie. The calorie total for the dish is calculated according to the selections of the guest, making it the most accurate menu management tool for calorie regulation.