Post # 1
The city of Seattle recently implemented a mandatory calorie count for menus displayed in any chain restaurant. (I think you have to have greater than 16 outlets).
I always try to eat local, and so I haven’t seen this menu labeling change yet, but I went into an unnamed chain today and saw the calorie counts. For me, it made a huge difference in what I ordered. Most things were over my daily total calorie requirement. It wasn’t unusual for one item to be 1,600 calories. I seriously picked a choice that was 1,000 calories less than what I would have otherwise picked!
It also stunned me at how there were only 2 or 3 healthy choices on a 3 page menu! I’m absolutely positive that we consume way more calories daily than we ever could possibly imagine if we eat out even at all.
So do you think that menu calorie counts are a good thing or bad thing and do you think that having them would influence your food choices?
Post # 3
Yep–we have menu labeling requirements in San Francisco. I personally love the idea of having the information available. It makes me think twice about what I order.
Post # 4
I see this often at Chickfila, my favoritest fast food =) It makes me feel good that my induglence (original chicken sandwich) is still less than 500 calories.
Post # 5
NYC has it and I seriously love it. I think it helps also. I try to order the options with less calories (who knew the sausage breakfast sandwiches at mcdonalds have more calories than the bacon?!) Its something I got used to quite quickly and feel a little let down, if not slightly irritated when I can’t see the calorie count when ordering at some place that doesn’t require it to be posted. It’s tough when I go back home in Indiana where it’s not required :p It makes me feel a little lost when ordering lol
It’s also crazy to see how many calories are in the food at places like Olive Garden and stuff! There are so few things under 1,000 calories that it’s absolutely mind boggling.
Post # 6
i have a love/hate relationship with it – the calorie counts listed have made me stop eating many of my favorite indulgences. so it’s wonderful that i’m no longer eating all this crap, but sometimes i wish i could & just not know how bad it was for me…
Post # 7
Yup, chains must display nutritional info on everything on their menu. As far as I know this is actually a national law.
Post # 8
I think displaying calorie count is a good idea. Though I don’t know how many people it influences. Unfortunately in our country too many people eat fast food for the convinence or go someplace that serves large portions and think it’s a good thing. Not everyone knows how many calories should be consumed a day and without that knowledge what good is posting a calorie count.
Post # 9
I haven’t seen it yet out here, but I love that idea! The more education for people, the better!
Post # 10
Nope, not in Lexington. We’re small like that 🙂
Post # 11
We have it in LA. Though it isn’t displayed on the menu, it is just available to anyone who wants to see it. I think it would made a huge difference in my eating choices. I don’t think we eat consciously, and calorie counts help. However, LA is so diet obsessed as is, and occasionally I want mexican food and a margarita without having to feel the guilt!
Post # 12
I live in WI and we only have about 65,000 residents in the city so NO we definitely don’t have mandatory requirements. I wish we did though, I agree that it would influence what I order.
Post # 13
I haven’t seen this yet but we live in the middle of nowhere. It would definitley influence what choices I made. I think it’s a great idea.
Post # 14
I think this would be really cool and it would definitely influence my food choices. I often look up the nutritional information for chain resturants and make my decisions accordingly. Also, my husband has diabetes, so I think this would be super helpful for people like him, who really have to pay attention to specific nutritional information.
Post # 15
I lived in NYC where we’ve had them for a year or so. Now that I’ve moved to Chicago I miss them. It definitely influenced my food choices for the better.
Or, at least, if I wanted junk food like a muffin, I’d choose the 450 calorie blueberry muffin over the 530 calorie chocolate chip. But if I was eating one muffin a week (not unreasonable), that small difference would amount to over a pound a year.
I wish Chicago would institute this.
Post # 16
I know it started in NYC, and it was such a success that San Francisco and Seattle started as well. The best part is that the calorie count has to be in the same font as the display, so there’s no mistaking what you’re seeing.
I’ve heard the argument made that it’s very “nanny state”, but I think it just allows us to make more informed choices.