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NYC Gets Calorie on the Menu Mandate

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:41 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Obesity, Fast Foods, Heart Attacks

New York City will have mandatory calorie information on its menu in chains starting Monday.

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Beginning Monday at your favorite New York City eatery you can ask for ketchup, fries and get the calorie count for both.

A federal judge Wednesday upheld a city health regulation requiring some chain restaurants post the calorie count of selections on their menu. The state restaurant association had challenged the rule as a violation of the First Amendment by forcing restaurants to carry a message.

The rule applies to chain restaurants with at least 15 stores across the country such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Olive Garden and T.G.I. Friday’s. Starbucks and Chipotle already post the numbing numbers.

Mark Laughlin tells the AP that he declined his usual stuffed burrito at Chipotle near Penn Station when the menu said he could be consuming anywhere from 400 to 900 calories.

Not everyone agrees with big brother approach to calorie counting. And the policy will not apply to fine dining restaurants.

The ruling results from the fact that more than half of New Yorkers are overweight. The health department believes seeing the numbers before you consume them could prevent 30,000 cases of diabetes and 150,000 from tipping the scales into obesity over the next five years.

The purpose it to just get consumers to think twice before they consume.  It was promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was behind the push to stop smoking in bars and restaurants and ban trans fats from restaurant foods.

California and Seattle may be next to adopt a mandatory menu calorie count.   #


1 Comment

Posted by wellsphere
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 2:52 PM EST

Thanks for sharing. I think it's a great idea restaurants are finally posting info. It's hard to eat well when eating out, especially when you have dietary needs or want to watch your calorie intake. Often food items that seem healthy and are marketed that way, but are not. For this reason, my company just launched a new service called ‘Wellternatives’ that lets people find nutrition info for thousands of chain restaurants — right from their cell phone or on the web. It also makes recommendations for a healthier alternative to your favorite restaurant meals, hence the name…Wellternatives. Would love to hear what you think of it! Sara

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