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Calorie Count Coming To More Menus Near You

Calorie Count Coming To More Menus Near You

And chains, including McDonald's, have announced additional downsizing in the calories of kids' meals.

The inclination to provide consumers with nutritional information is laudable.

The Trump administration delayed the rules for another year when it came on board but kept the mandates moving forward.

Considering that more than one-third of USA adults are obese, and that obesity-related conditions are the leading causes of preventable death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, campaigning to inform the public about the nutritional content of their food choices has been held over from the Barack Obama era. However, the jury is still out on that. They wanted to determine how consumers used the information and whether it influenced their food choices. For self-service foods, such as foods served at salad bars and buffets, the information must be clearly displayed so consumers can see it when they are serving themselves. Restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores with 20 locations are now required to post calorie information on their menus.

It's about to get a lot harder to ignore how many calories you're consuming.

However, some groups in the food industry as well as retailers say they do not have every answer and worry the new rules would place undue burdens on store owners. Grocers, convenience stores, movie theaters, amusement parks, pizza delivery companies and even vending machines must meet the new requirements.

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FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, however, has made it clear the government will continue several nutrition policies of the Obama administration, saying last week that it is the government's role to help Americans "make better choices about our diets". However, if Congress or any other government agency wants to enact laws or institute regulations aimed at improving public health, they should consider whether their actions won't backfire either in terms of consumer behavior or by hampering innovations that might prove more beneficial in the long term. At the same time, he notes the rates of child and adult obesity in the USA are at historic highs.

Americans consume one-third of their calories away from home and proponents of the rule, more than 15 years in the making, say it gives people information to make healthier dietary choices.

How many calories do you need?

A recent review of almost 30 studies from the Cochrane Collaboration nonprofit public interest group found that menu labeling helped people reduce calories by about 50 calories per meal, on average, according to CSPI.

Calorie counts aren't a cure-all for obesity.

On the other hand, a double quarter-pounder with cheese (740), large fries (570) and a 32 oz.