Food Science and Technology (Campinas)
On-line version ISSN 1678-457X
MAESTRO, Vanessa and SALAY, Elisabete. Nutritional and health information released to consumers by commercial fast food and full service restaurants. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 2008, vol.28, suppl., pp. 208-216. ISSN 1678-457X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20612008000500032.
The main objective of this study was to identify and characterize nutritional and health information made available in commercial restaurants in the city of Campinas, SP, Brazil. Pre-tested questionnaires were used to interview twenty managers of fast food and ninety-four of full service restaurants, between October and December of 2005, located in the five administrative regions of Campinas. After collecting the information, a databank was created using Microsoft Excel software. The chi-square and t Student tests and the statistical software MINITAB version 14.2 were used for the statistical treatment of the data. Among the main results, the fact that 25.4% of the restaurants provided nutritional and/or health information, stood out. The most frequently provided type of nutritional information was the nutrient declaration highlighting the energy value and macronutrients of some foods. Nearly most of the respondents (48,3%) mentioned the use of the menu to display nutritional information. The frequency with which this information was provided was significantly higher in the fast food networks than amongst the full service restaurants. The need for public authorities to study ways of regulating such information was pointed out.
Keywords : catering services; nutritional labeling; legislation; consumer information.