Happy almost Thanksgiving–the FDA has a little present for you: calorie counts! Everywhere! No, seriously. All food establishments, nationwide, with 20+ locations will now be legally REQUIRED to post calorie counts on their menus. Oh, and it’s not just restaurants–these calorie counts also have to be posted at movie theaters, amusement parks, grocery stores, on vending machines, and anywhere else with ready-to-eat selections, all in the name of public health.
In addition to caloric information, restaurants must also provide full-on nutrition facts, including sugar, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, etc, in writing to customers who so request them. While this all won’t happen over night, the countdown is on! Restaurants have a year to comply to the FDA’s new rules.
Personally, I’m into this decision. Knowledge is power. The FDA Commissioner agrees. I mean, I’ll personally never think of a slice of red velvet cheesecake, with its 1500+ calories and 59 grams of saturated fat, in the same way again. Do you even know how many miles I’d have to jog to work that off?! *shudder* Similarly, knowing that your decadent entree has 80-bagillion calories makes it a little easier to order something healthier, right?
I don’t hate it.