Fast Food restaurants to be more transparent about calorie count
Restaurants, fast food and other food outlet in the United States will now be required to be transparent about the calorie count of the food they sell or serve.
After almost a decade of delays, this Obama-era policy will take effect today, May 7, 2018.
Consumers will be able to walk into any large chain restaurant and other chain establishments in the country and know, at a glance, how many calories are in the foods a restaurant offers.
The menu labelling policy aims to curve the worsening case of unhealthy food consumption in America.
“Today, about 40 percent of all Americans are obese, and obesity increases the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Weight-related diseases and conditions reduce productivity and shorten lives due to decades of metabolic damage. Obesity also is a big driver of chronic disease.” the US Food and Drug Administration wrote on their site.
According to the FDA, more and more consumers are asking for this information.
Although it is not expected for the people to suddenly clean up their diets, they could use this information to improve their food consumption and improve their health.
A research shows that smart menu labeling can reduce the average number of calories ordered by 30 to 50 calories per visit, which could translate to one less cookie per day.
This may seem like a small amount but it could amount to 10,000 to 20,000 less calorie consumed if it were to be summed up to one year.