Restaurants that list calories on their menus serve healthier dishes than those that do not, a study has found.
Those that provide nutritional information serve food with half the fat and salt content of other chains, according to researchers at Cambridge University’s centre for diet and activity research.
Making it a legal requirement for restaurants to list such information on calorie, fat, salt and sugar content could improve public health by prompting chefs to “reformulate” their existing dishes and introduce healthier items, they said.
The researchers looked at Britain’s 100 most popular restaurant chains, ranked by their sales. They found that 13 included nutritional information on their menus in branches while 29 listed the information only on their websites.
Dishes at the 13 chains with…