Heather Nakamura, MPE, MS, RD
Beginning in August 2008, King County Restaurants with 15 or more national locations will be required to display the calories, milligrams of sodium, and grams of saturated fat and carbohydrate for all menu items. Nutrition information can be made available on menus or menu boards, menu inserts, supplemental menus, or electronic kiosks available at each table. It will also be required on drive through menus by August 2009. This legislation was prompted by the growing epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and aimed at improving consumer food choices at restaurants and fast food locations.
A computerized menu analysis will give you the nutrition information needed to meet King County labeling guidelines and promote healthy menu items. It will also include additional information required by the FDA for official labeling of food products. Each menu item will be analyzed for the following nutrients:
If you’d like to include healthy alternatives on your menu, but don’t know where to start, I can work with you to develop light and healthy recipes, or modify your current favorites to meet heart healthy guidelines your clients are requesting.