Research has found that over half of diners would be more likely to eat somewhere offering “healthy menu options.”

A poll by Nestlé Professional discovered that 56 per cent of diners looked for healthy options when eating out and 69 per cent would like to see more ‘fresh’ and ‘healthy’ choices on menus.

This comes as the company launches its ‘BuzzBites Good, Food Good Life’ report.

Other findings in the report include the fact that 44 per cent of diners would like to have the option of a smaller portion size.

Meanwhile, 37 per cent of them would like clearer calorie labelling on menus.

Speaking at the ‘BuzzBites Good Food, Good Life’ event at the Casual Dining Show in Islington last month, award-wining dietitian Lucy Jones said: “The new research shows we are seeing a fast-growing consumer appetite for healthier products, dishes and ideas, and for the casual dining industry there is a huge precedence to meet this demand – to provide healthier menu options and clearer choices.

“However, this needn’t be daunting. It’s about getting the foundations right. With a bit of innovation and creativity, creating a ‘better’ menu is achievable.”

To download a copy of BuzzBites ‘Good Food, Good Life’ by Nestlé Professional, go to www.nestleprofessional.co.uk/buzzbitesnhw.