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Calorie Counting and Ingredients

Isn’t it wonderful to know how many calories are really in that dish served up at chain restaurant x in NYC?  Yes, it’s great for people to think about how many calories they’re eating.  However, I would love to see this go one step further.  Obviously, for these “chain” restaurants in NYC to include calorie contents for their menu items, they must first list and insert ingredient amounts into some calorie counting software program. 

Wouldn’t the next wonderful step be to require these establishments to also provide the list of ingredients in their menu items to be customer-accessible and located at the counter or on the table?  Imagine that!  Anyone could dine out veg*n style with far less effort than currently.  This could help those who might wish to eat veg*n food but are embarassed to make a scene in front of their family, significant other, friends, boss or co-workers.  Additionally, it would avoid those maladroit situations where the establishment’s staff isn’t really sure if an item is veg*n or not.  Instead of waiting for the sheepish response that the staff will check for you, the diner would likely already know himself or herself by reading the ingredient list! 

I applaud NYC’s efforts to mandate posting calorie contents, and believe it is just a matter of time before ingredient lists will have to be as readily available too!

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  • Tatiana (21 comments)
    November 12, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I agree! Not only for us veggies, but there are also so many people who have food allergies or follow other sorts of diets. One step at a time, I hope we get there soon!

  • veganeatingout (1 comments)
    November 13, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Many places have this information online and every time I ask a contact from a website that doesn’t I request that they put the info up on their website to make it easier for everyone.

    I do think it would be great if places weren’t ashamed of what they put into their food and listed it on the menu or somewhere within the actual locations but until it becomes mandated I don’t see it happening any time soon.

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