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Old 03-24-2010, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Health care law shows you calories of fast food

The health care law requires chain restaurants that have more than 20 locations to display calorie information next to the food item on the standard menu. Will it make people cut down?

I'm eating healthier now, but a few months ago this was lunch:

Jack In the Box - Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger 1090 calories, 77g fat
Seasoned Curly Fries - large 550 calories, 31g fat
44oz Coke 426 calories
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Lunch: 2066 calories, 108g fat

Average reccomended daily calories for an adult: 2000

Average reccomended daily max fat for an adult: 65g

When you start seeing the actual calories on the drive-thru menu, do you think it will change what you order?
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The health care law requires chain restaurants that have more than 20 locations to display calorie information next to the food item on the standard menu. Will it make people cut down?

I'm eating healthier now, but a few months ago this was lunch:

Jack In the Box - Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger 1090 calories, 77g fat
Seasoned Curly Fries - large 550 calories, 31g fat
44oz Coke 426 calories
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Lunch: 2066 calories, 108g fat

Average reccomended daily calories for an adult: 2000

Average reccomended daily max fat for an adult: 65g

When you start seeing the actual calories on the drive-thru menu, do you think it will change what you order?
Would have expected that to have more, still a lot though.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The numbers mean nothing to me, so it wont affect me.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Fat and calorie content are insufficient for people who actually are concerned about healthy eating, so yet another shortcoming, half assed job by the government. You also need to know how much of the fat is trans-fat and how much sodium the food item contains.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If it's any help deciding if you should eat it. Here are two articles about how the preservatives keep them looking nice instead of decomposing like real food.
A burger and fries after 1 year.
Happy 1st birthday: Mother keeps McDonald's Happy Meal for a whole year... and it still hasn't gone off | Mail Online

A burger after 12 years.
12-Year Old McDonald's Hamburger, Still Looking Good | A Hamburger Today
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We didn't need a bill for this. How about just knowing that fast food is garbage and isn't good for you and then you'll be better off.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I know there is already a regulation in place that the restaurant is supposed to have the nutrition information available for people, but they don't always post it. They just wait for people to ask for it, or they just put it on the tray liner, which people cover with their ketchup for the burger and fries that they are already consuming.

This law will not help me cut down on fast food. I already know of other ways to find out what's in the shit they put in their food. Plus, knowing how awful I feel after I eat there is usually a good indication that I don't want to go there anymore.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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the higher they are, the worse it is for you. does that help?
3 is higer then 2, it doesn't mean much.
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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They've already done this in NYC (since 2008). I think it makes people feel guiltier, certainly, and I know it has affected what I do/don't buy. It certainly makes it easier to chose between two items if you're not sure which one to get.

Someone did a study on the affect this had on Starbucks consumers. There was a 6% decrease in calories purchased since the law came into effect. Interesting, beverage choices saw no difference.

Posting Nutrition Information on Menus Lowers Customers' Calorie Counts - 2010-01-07 14:51:00 | Restaurants & Institutions

I've gotten used to it now - it's strange going to places outside of NYC and not knowing what I'm ordering (it's nice paying a dollar less for my chai though...).
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The numbers mean nothing to me, so it wont affect me.
Does FOOD affect you??
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