I READ the article 'Eat out and stay healthy' by Panther in the Gazette on May 13.
In this, some good advice was given, such as to leave some food on the plate and ask for wholegrain bread and low fat alternatives.
However, I wish that the food regulations would be changed so that restaurants would be required to disclose the ingredients in their food.
Families with hyperactive children or those with allergies find it very difficult to eat out because they can't be sure what's in the food.
Food sold in shops must carry a list of ingredients. Until recently, many supermarket ready meals and snacks contained hydrogenated fats.
This is when good fats or oils are treated with hydrogen to form a hard fat. It was not until the Consumers' Association highlighted the fact that hydrogenated oils can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes that food manufacturers began leaving out hydrogenated ingredients.
In shops we can read labels and not buy food with hydrogenated ingredients or that which we are allergic to.
If restaurants won't give us this information we cannot know what we're eating when we eat out.
This is a pity because eating out is an enjoyable experience and there's no reason why it couldn't be healthy too.
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