I've just read a brief article about a new law in NY (and coming soon to other states) that requires all restaurants to post the calorie content of the food they offer. The calories have to be posted in the same size font as the price.
Some other states are exploring laws that will require posting of sodium, fat, carbs, etc.
Would it stop you from ordering what you want?
Would 1500 calories for a dessert prevent you from ordering?
Would you be shocked to learn that a salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, and dried cranberries had more calories than a burger and fries?
Would you say no to the 650 calorie fat free muffin?
Hmm difficult one - I think in some places I would want to know especially those places where you think you are making healthier choices (like the 650 calorie fat free muffin :rolleyes008:).
If I was going out for a nice meal as a celebration of socially with friends then I wouldn't really want to have it plastered on the menu making me feel guilty, I think I can probably work out that the indulgant dessert is going to be laden with calories and the fruit salad would be a healthier choice.
It's those places that make you think you are ordering more healthily that should be showing the information. :)
Personally I would love this! Anything that enables me to make an informed choice is good for me. I have lost all my weight by a combination of calorie counting and exercise and one of the most frustrating things about doing it that way is not knowing the calorific value of meals at restaurants. Some will release their nutritional information online but that doesn't help at those spontaneous moments.
As for the 1500 calorie desert? If I saw one I'd definitely decline because 1500 calories is my entire days allowance!
I have no problem with the information being posted/available, as long as no one is permitted to question my choice!
I follow a pretty healthy diet for the most part, and when I'm out or on vacation, I tend not to worry too much. If I dined out more frequently, I probably would make healthier choices. But my selections usually either are things I won't prepare just for myself or that I love and limit my opportunities to consume!
BTW, on a 10-night visit to WDW that included free DDP in October 2006, I lost 15 lbs.! Not the healthiest diet that trip, primarily due to larger portions, but I didn't eat everything--and ate what I wanted!
I think I'd have to go with being informed. Would it make me cringe? Most likely. I have to dine out quite often, and I'm forever trying to "guess" what is a good choice. When I can, I simply go to a market and eat in my hotel room. That's not always possible.
The mid-range chains, like TGI Friday's, Bennigan's, Houlihan's, Outback, etc. are the biggest culprits for having high caloric choices.
Anything to help this country (and any country with the same problem) reduce the number of people developing NIDDM is fine with me. :sigh; We are an over weight nation and something needs to be done to help us make better choices. :yes:
I agree, but if that whatever, looks like it will taste ,as good as it looks, I am off the diet again.
Thanks again Tink, love him.
Thanks to you Dot, for sending him to me.
I think its a good idea. But for small non-chain restersunts... How will they check calory content without expensive equipment?
You can get software, Josh. :yes: Plus, once they've determined the calorie content of their recipes, they won't have to do it each time unless they change the recipe of course.
What I was wondering was, who is going to check to verify that the calories counts are valid? I mean, what's going to stop a place by shaving off one or two hundred calories here and there (depending upon the dish)? :unsure:
No problem GrammiePo! He's smaller than I thought he would be.
I think I would actually like to see this in a restaurant. I know when I noticed that the sticky buns from Sam's Club that Mike adores have 1000 calories, I decided they didn't taste that good anymore.
I wholeheartedly agree! I would like to see this implemented across the board. Would it deter me? I guess that would depend on my mood...my reason for being "out" to begin with...etc etc etc.
Unlike what you were saying earlier Tink, I don't typically *have* to eat out because of my job like it sounds like you do, so when I go out it's usually to relax, unwind, be with friends etc. We don't do it incredibly often, so when I do, I tend to do so with an "anything goes" sort of mindset. But even still, I like to be informed...I like to have the *choice*