You've probably heard time and time again that knowledge is power. The more informed you are about something the more informed decision you are able to make. Or so the saying goes.
The latest bit of information some consumers are being given is the nutritional value of what they're eating in fast food restaurants. New York City fast food restaurants had to start posting calorie and fat content on their menu boards over the weekend. The fact is the information is already available on the Internet and other places...but now it's right in front of you when you order. The new rules are part of an anti-obesity campaign.
So if you're in NYC and head to Burger King, for instance, and order a Double Whopper with cheese, large fries and a large Coke, you'll now be able to see that you're consuming 1,670 calories and 90 grams of fat. Keep in mind dietary guidelines for adults recommend about 2,000 calories a day, depending on age, gender and activity. The 90 grams of fat is well over the entire day's recommendation.
So what will this new information mean? Will people change their eating habits at these restaurants because they now see the nutritional information? Should all restaurants everywhere, not just fast food and not just in NYC, be required to post such information, just like the information you get when you buy groceries? Is the requirement that calorie and fat content be made public unfair to the restaurants...should government stay out of it?
The new rules certainly do raise quite a few interesting questions. And we know that many things that start in NYC often end up filtering out across the country. So it probably won't be long before nutritional content is posted at fast food restaurants around here.
Whether you like it or not, whether you would pay attention to the information or not, one thing seems indisputable...knowledge is power. What we choose to do with that information is another thing.