Where Will Calorie Labels Appear? Not Just Menus

Calorie counts could soon be a regular item listed on chain restaurant menus and in a variety of other locations. The new calorie labeling rules, expected to be released this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hope to address the rising trend of obesity in our country.

Calories on Menus

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According to Stephen Compston, a registered and licensed dietitian with Renown Health Management Services, “displaying calorie counts can help consumers make a better choice related to the amount of calories they are consuming in a day.”

If you aren’t already counting your calories, Compston recommends you see a registered dietitian to determine your daily caloric needs. “Once you have that information, you can start thinking of your calorie “budget” and you can begin to keep track of your calorie intake. If you are consuming too many calories, make some changes.”

So how does it all work together? Compston explains “if you have a calorie budget of 1,600 calories a day, then you can decide if that 1,000 calorie burger on the menu truly is your best option when it accounts for so much of your daily calories.”

While calorie counts can be a great tool for weight loss plans, they are not the only factor to consider when it comes to health. “If you are looking to improve your health, you should also look at the nutritional value of the food you eat. A registered dietitian can help you learn which foods are best for you,” says Compston.

Where Will Calorie Labels Appear? Not Just Menus

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants.

But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?

The food industry is closely watching the Food and Drug Administration to see which establishments are included in the final menu labeling rules, which are expected this year.

The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger if they know that it has 1,000 calories. Or on the chili hot dog at the convenience store counter. [...]

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