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Restaurants and calorie counts

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Did anyone else read this article ? Five restaurants in Manhattan have been cited for not posting calorie counts next to prices.
I like the idea of disclosure and awareness on behalf of the consumer.
But do you think that calorie counts mandatory help keep a society slim?
In France, the nutritional content is listed on your fast food box, cup or wrapper. (After one too many glasses of champagne the night before, my little sister was craving Coke and a burger when we were in Paris last spring.) Right away, we knew that her burger contained 445 calories and 21 grams of fat. Sorry, my camera didn't seem to want to take a clear shot of the label. It also lists carbs, fiber, sugar and couple of other nutrients. From the fries to the Coke, we knew exactly how much we were eating.
(I think what my sister ate was like the Big and Tasty, which has 510 calories and 28 grams of fat here. Like many other things in Europe, the sandwich and other serving sizes were smaller, more like a Big Kids meal here.)
Would you like to see calorie counts on your fast food and restaurant menus? Or, if you live in a place where it's already mandated, what do you think about it?
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    That would be awesome! It would save me all the trips to Google to find nutritional information; it would save me e-mailing the restaurants that don't have nutritional info online to request it; it would mean that I wouldn't then have to look forward to a lame form letter giving me X number of excuses why they do not offer nutritional information; and it just might make me think twice about eating the extra large portion of french fries.

    However, I wouldn't want to mandate it for small businesses and local restaurants. The time and cost involved might prevent great restaurants from offering daily specials and other stuff I really look forward to.
    4398 days ago
  • VAL503
    I think its a great idea. I don't usually eat fast food, and if the nutrition info was on it, I would be even less likely to indulge! LOL
    Maybe more people would make healthier choices if they had the numbers right in front of them.. I doubt the fast food chains would like that very much :-)
    4443 days ago
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