New Numbers On Restaurant Receipts

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

We all want to make good choices when it come to eating right, but when we're at a restaurant that can be difficult. That may be changing.

The Patriot Cafe at Veterans Hospital is giving customers all the help they need to eat right. The Patriot Cafe offers a number of healthy offerings, but some people pass them by for less healthy choices. In some cases a lack of information could be the cause.

That has changed. Almost a year ago, the Patriot Cafe cash registers started showing customers the nutritional breakdown of their meals.

Julie Frankhouser says, "Today I ordered a grilled cheese and some chips and a milk and it tells me how many calories, fats, carbs and sodium, so this is really a helpful tool."

The receipts are just one aspect of an overall effort to improve health and wellness at the VA. The information printed out for the customers give them greater control of their health.

Emily Rotkvitch says, "They can use it regardless of whether they are trying to lose weight or they want to control their sodium intake or their fat intake. It is a really good tool for them to use."

The receipts seem to be working, at least in Julie's case. She says she has changed her eating habits so she can see better numbers on the right hand side of the receipt.

"My favorite sandwich is the Italian because it has all the great meat on it, but that one is the least healthy sandwich for you and I absolutely will not purchase that because of that menu," says Frankhouser. A healthy change made because of a few numbers on a receipt.

Both women say they expect to see more customer demand for information about the food they eat. Julie says if she is in a restaurant and it doesn't have the the nutritional information she asks for it.

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