British Columbians want to see calorie counts in restaurants

An overwhelming majority of British Columbians think restaurant menus should provide nutritional guidelines, a new poll has found.

According to the poll from Vancouver’s Research Co. conducted online, 81 per cent or four out of five B.C. respondents say they would like to see regulations similar to Ontario’s, which requires all restaurant menus to display calories.

Young people are particularly eager to see rules like this, but not by much. Eighty-five per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 supported the measure, compared to 79 per cent of those aged 35 to 54. Seventy-five per cent of respondents 55 and over would like to see calories listed on menus as well.

Results are based on an online survey conducted among 800 adults in B.C. from Nov. 14 to 16, 2018.

“There are already many residents of British Columbia who are keeping track of their physical activity,” said Research Co. president Mario Canseco. “Having the opportunity to access nutritional information at all restaurants, and not only those currently taking part in the Informed Dining initiative, would certainly be a welcome development.”

In 2012, B.C. introduced the Informed Dining initiative, a program designed to allow residents to have nutritional information available when eating. But it’s only at participating establishments; the program is not mandatory.

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