Do You Know What You're Eating?

How much do you know about the food you eat at restaurants? Is it really as healthy as it seems?

Over seventy percent of Australians are calling for more information about the nutritional content of their meals when they eat out according to the inaugural Unilever Food Solutions World Menu Report.

Australians are most interested in knowing the fat (64 percent), MSG (50 percent) and sugar (49 percent) content of their meals.

"Seventy six per cent of Australians stated there should be more information about the content of their meals when eating out and a further 50 percent, stated they are most likely to choose a healthier choice the next time they eat out, if they knew the nutritional value and content of their meals," says leading nutritionist, author and Unilever Food Solutions ambassador, Catherine Saxelby.

"It could be as simple as an icon or "healthy choice" logo on four to five dishes on a menu so that healthier items are highlighted, and in turn empower diners to make healthier choices.

"While cafes and restaurants are not required by law to display nutritional information in the same way that manufactured foods are, a staggering 88 percent of Australians did not see nutritional information the last time they ate out of home.

"It was also interesting to see that lunch is the meal most frequently eaten out of home. This insight poses an undiscovered opportunity for cafes, restaurants and nutritionists to further explore people's eating habits and nutrition around lunch," said Catherine.

The research also found that when dining out of home, Australians are most concerned about the cleanliness of the kitchen, the ingredients used in the meal and how it was cooked.

So what do you think of restaurant food? Should they be made to offer more information?

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