Calorie Count Disclosure

I had the privilege of being in Washington DC when the Healthcare bill was passed. One of the things that excites me about the bill is the fact that we are starting to be more aware of our food and it’s effect on our health. One of the pieces in the new bill will make it a requirement for fast food and other chain restaurants to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-ins. The new law, which applies to any restaurant with 20 or more locations, directs the Food and Drug Administration to create a new national standard for menu labeling, superseding a growing number of state and city laws. The idea is to make sure that customers process the calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or on their Web site. The new law will make calories immediately available for most items.

For those of you who have traveled to New York City you know this is already a law there and it makes you stop and think the second you see how many calories are actually in the sandwich or salad you are looking to order. I know that I’ve made better food choices in NYC based on being able to see the calorie count right in front of me.

What do you guys think? Will this new law make you more cautious of what you order?


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