Cell phone menus may soon include appetitizers

You and your wife are deciding whether to eat at a restaurant in downtown Princeton. Outside the entrance you both get on your cell phones. Your wife’s tells her the poached salmon special has plenty of the vitamin D she needs presently, served with a whole grain that provides extra fiber. Yours tells you to indulge in the boeuf bourguignon, which the restaurant prepares using vegetable broth and little bacon, a plus for your cholesterol count.

You both decide this is the place, appetites whetted, and with the good feeling of knowing the dishes you will order meet your specific dietary health needs as well as your tastes.

This scenario of matching personal dietary profiles with cell-phone technology in the service of encouraging healthy dining habits will soon be tested by 15 participating Princeton restaurants under a pilot program developed by the Princeton Borough-based company Viocare.

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