Putting Healthy Options on the Menu

Cafés, restaurants and take away food premises are being encouraged to put healthy options on their menus.

The Food Safety team at Barking and Dagenham Council is asking businesses to make small changes to the way they cook and offer healthy option choices to customers.

Businesses will be asked and advised to use vegetable oil instead of lard or ghee, grill food instead of fry, shallow fry instead of deep fry, sell thick cut chips instead of thin, not add salt to customers’ meals, sell low calorie soft drinks including water, offer more salads, etc.

Businesses which are already implementing most of the healthy tips will be given the Healthier Catering Commitment scheme sticker, the cleaners in Dagenham said. It will show customers that these establishments are offering healthy options on the menu.