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Calorie counting gone mad?

Posted on 21st February 2011 in Gossip
Written by: Jen Dugdale

We all know about the dreaded process of calorie counting when we’re trying to shed a few pounds. But now the government is looking to have calorie content printed on menus to show the damage these dishes will cause you.

So what do we reckon? A good idea for an obese society that is getting bigger year on year? Or a step too far in fighting the flab?

Heston Blumenthal thinks it’ll suck the emotion out of the dining experience (That Sunday Night Show, 20/2/11). But surely customers have a right to know what’s in the dishes they will consume?

What I want to know is how logistically they will manage to do it. Will there be men with clipboards assessing the works of chefs across the country? Maybe a traffic light system would be the way round it.

I for one would be interested to see the calorie content when I go out for a meal. I always wonder whether my attempts to be pick a ‘healthy option’ are made in vain – how would I know that the rich cream-based sauce to accompany my Tagliatelle dish would contain more calories than the Steak and Chips I’d just turned down?

I might be alone there though – I’m sure some people would rather not know for fear of spoiling their love of eating out! After all, we can do all that calorie counting stuff at home…