Restaurant Chains Must Now Include Calorie Counts On Menus


While implementation of calorie labeling is an important step forward in curbing obesity, more needs to be done. "If they need to save some calories, we have an option or them, too", said White.

"It would just be a chronic danger to someone's health if they are constantly and consistently over consuming", she said.

Well, it's official. Beginning today, all restaurant chains in the USA with 20 or more locations must post calories on menus or menu boards. That includes movie theater popcorn and drinks in bars.

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, back in 2010, the federal calorie posting mandate was born.

New York City has been requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information for almost a decade.

As of Monday, there's no more delaying. Armed with this information, people can make fully informed choices about the foods they are choosing to consume. Wherever we look, we'll learn how many calories we're eating.

Chipotle, which specializes in build-your-own burritos, tacos and salad bowls, provides a breakdown by ingredient. For example, the serving size could be a very small portion, which could make a dish appear to be healthier than it actually is, to the undiscerning consumer.

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

Celis De La Cruz also appreciates the calorie counts. "It's interesting that Trump's [Food and Drug Administration] is supporting this, and it begs the question, 'Why now?' - especially under an administration that is beholden to corporations", she said.

"I think there's so much put on the restaurant owners as it is now". "I am one of those people who can eat the same thing for lunch every day". "Menu labeling isn't a silver bullet".

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.

A review by the Cochrane Collaborative, which analyzed several studies, found that calorie labels seem to reduce the number of calories people purchase by an estimated 50 calories per meal. Most of the customers at a Panera bread, around the corner form the Chipotle, said they did not pay attention.

However, it's likely you won't notice any difference in some major fast-food chains like McDonald's or Starbucks.