Most of the meals provided by fast-food restaurant chains in Taiwan contain more than 30 percent of the recommended daily calorie intake for the average person, according to the results of a survey published yesterday by the Consumers’ Foundation.
The foundation said that many of the set meals, which include soft drinks and fries, at nine fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, MOS Burger and pizzerias, were high in calories.
For instance, nine of the 13 meals offered by MOS Burger each contain more than 1,000 calories, which is about half the recommended daily amount for one individual, while seven McDonald’s meals break the 1,000 calorie mark.
The suggested calorie intake for women is 1,700 to 1,900 calories, while for men, the figure is between 2,150 and 2,400, the survey cited the Department of Health as saying.
Six Pizza Hut personal pizzas were tested, each served with a roast chicken wing and a drumstick, and all contained more than 1,000 calories, according to the survey.
Two of the restaurants — 21st Century Fast Casual Restaurant and Domino’s Pizza — did not provide complete nutritional facts about their products, the foundation said.
TKK Fried Chicken (頂呱呱) was the only outlet that listed the total calories for each one-person set meal and which had less than 1,000 calories per meal.
Currently, restaurants are not required to provide nutritional information.
However, the New Taipei City Government began a trial in August last year to promote the measure, under which food producers and fast-food restaurants are required to list nutritional facts. Those that fail to do so can be fined between NT$20,000 and NT$60,000 (US$661 and US$1,980).
Foundation secretary--general Chen Chih-yi (陳智義) said he hoped that other cities and counties would follow suit, and that the central government would enact regulations requiring nutritional facts to be provided.