Calories Coming To A Menu Near You

The new law, expected to get President Barack Obama's signature Tuesday, will require more than 200,000 chain restaurants to put calorie counts on menus, menu boards and drive-throughs. It will apply to any restaurant with 20 or more locations, superseding a growing number of state and city laws.

The idea is to make sure customers see calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants may currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or online. The law will require them to list calorie counts next to each menu item.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    Ok, I guess I am. Teacher: Ignorance is lack of knowledge, such as you lack about me. My diet consists of fresh fruits & vegetables (organic if possible) incl. dark leafy greens, dried fruit, whole grains, nuts, oatmeal, legumes, rice, canola & olive oils, cider vinegar, preservative-free sharp cheddar, cottage chs, nonfat milk, yogurt, high omega3 eggs, corn tortillas, lean red meat in moderation, hormone-free chicken, ocean fish, soba noodles (when I rarely have pasta), soy products, & little else. I don't eat canned foods, & avoid preservatives (nitrites, MSG, sodium benzoate etc.). I drink green tea, unsweetened juices, & a lot of purified water. I buy real food, I make real meals. It's rare that I go out but when I do, I don't need calories printed to know what's healthy to eat. Oh yeah, & I've had health insurance for many yrs, SO not you or anyone else here is footing a bill for me. Great inaccurate assessment, try again.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    Good WITN.. release one post and where is the other one? Are you going to make me type it again?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 25, 2010 at 12:07 AM
    What would be hilarious (but really is just sad) is how many ppl don't at all get what OSOC is saying on topics like this. For the record, I disagreed with his stance on the smoking ban, but I respect his reasoning & opinions about it, & more importantly him for what he had to say about it. Transfat bans here in CA made it impossible to find traditionally prepared carnitas & refried beans - & no, they aren't the same w/out lard. On the extremely rare occasion that I go out and want something like that, I want it done right. If you think this is purely a helpful caloric tidbit, just wait & see where it leads. Mark my words. That favorite dish of yours might just be banned somewhere down the line. Smacks of Prohibition, don't it? Look at chewing gum. I can't chew gum anymore. Why? Artificial sweeteners, which I am allergic to. Find me one w/out it, PLEASE. To anyone crying about needing help making healthy choices... you got internet & a brain???
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Sounds fine. But I wonder if they will consider putting labels on people too. Like Liars, cheaters, wife beaters, hypocrites, stealers, adulters, racists ect. ??? I doubt it. I hope they have to put the truths on everything not just things they choose to make wrong in others. Being overweight is not wrong, sometimes it can't be helped. Taking america and trying to turn it into a perfect "socialist" country is wrong. No one is perfect even "Mr. President" I will be glad when people can't fuss over others, just fuss over your self. Don't try to get the splinter out of my eye when you have light pole in yours.
  • by C on Mar 23, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    Red State: Thanks very much for the kudos! Might I say I thoroughly enjoyed your spot-on posting as well. OSOC:Please hang tough and keep crankin' out those righteous opinions,my friend. Pay no attention to the whiny liberals. There's a reason we refer to them as "sheeple".
  • by Susan Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    Obama Snake Oil- you are hilarious. Hilariously wrong. There is nothing wrong with bars and restaurants becoming smoke free on the simple fact that smoking is a fire hazard. And it's not like the bars are actually enforcing it around here. Now as far as the *actual* topic of the article, calorie counts on menus are great. They are already in NYC, and seeing them here will help people make a moderately informed decision. Obviously, there's more to nutrition than calories. But having the numbers there allow those who choose to pay attention the ability to do so. If you have a problem with it- ignore them. If you have a problem with the government regulating the nasty additives companies mix in so you continually pay them, educate yourself. Oh, and I'll pass on the Tar River bridge, but I would like to offer you some oceanfront property in Oklahoma.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    C, since smoking is now politically incorrect, I am joining with the young kids that are picking it up faster, actually, on an express lane mentality. This way, I can flick the butts into open windows of Obama bumper sticker cars, just for the fun of it....not really, but I will say this; If you fussed about the smell of second hand smoke in a bar or restaurant, you lost you right to post here. If you tell me second hand smoke is more dangerous than what smokers inhale, come on, you cannot be that gullible, if you are, I have a bridge accross the tar river that opened today I will sell for a good price. Its like saying bottled water is more dangerous than scooping it water out of the river and drinking it, hello? Anyone getting this? OK, with the legislation enacted on behalf of government to "protect" us from it, wellcome to nanny control of what you eat. Ever heard of Sodas? Transfat...well, you gave them the right to "control" what you ingest. More of that hopey changey stuff to come
  • by Carmine Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    Hey Guys!! I advise everyone to rent the movie "Food Inc", it really rips the lid off of the food industry. Makes me wanna grow my own food and go vegan. At least know, we'll know whats the calorie counts are now.
  • by Lynda Location: greenville on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    this is great! More information is better in my mind, its much easier to make the decision of what to eat when trying to go low calorie when its easily accessible, whereas now you basically are forced to go online after the fact to find out the damage you just did!
  • by Jim Location: SC on Mar 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    "Tucked into the Health Care Overhaul" -- I wonder how much that's going to cost me. Millions most likely.
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