Knowledge Is Power...Even On The Menu!

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.

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.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 4, 2008 at 03:47 AM
    Just another sad example of the 'Nanny State'. Another extremely sad example of the government wasting time and creating another expense to businesses so the cost of doing business goes up and it costs us more in the end. When are people going to understand that it is not the government's job to watch over us from the cradle to the grave? As stated in your blog, the information is already available. Does anyone really believe that having it posted right at the point of sale is going to change the mind of that person purchasing that whopper? When does personal responsibility come into play? The federal government mandated years ago that cigarette companies plaster the Surgeon General's warning on every pack of cigarettes. Did we know prior to that that smoking was bad? YES! Are we still smoking like chimneys despite all the best efforts of the 'Nanny State & Big Brother'? ABSOLUTELY! So what other than cost to business is this going to effect? WAKE UP AMERICA!!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    Who worries about this stuff? Honestly, its never crossed my mind to think "There oughtta be a law making them post this information" Anyone who doesn't already know that more than the occasional Double Whopper will make ya fat isn't going to look up long enough to notice the calorie count. If I could ask for one law, it would be truth in advertising. Every grocery store, car lot etc has the lowest prices in town. There are infomercials on every night claiming everything from making a fortune in real estate to male enhancement. To me this is a bigger issue than the calorie count at Krispy Kreame.

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