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I love food. Not just eating it, but reading about it too. Here are three food-driven headlines that caught my eye.

Calorie Postings Don’t Change Habits, Study FindsNew York Times
Remember all the controversy about chain restaurants in the Big Apple being forced to post calorie counts? Well, it looks like you can post the calories, but consumers will consume what they want. A study performed in NYC neighborhoods where obesity rates are high found that although folks said the calorie counts helped them make healthier food choices, they actually ordered higher calorie items than before the calorie counts were posted.

10 Foods Most Likely to Make You SickWeb MD
Oh, the irony. The Center For Science in the Public Interest researched food-borne illnesses and found that some health foods topped the list, including eggs, tomatoes, and sprouts.

Starting Good Food Habits in Kids From the WombTime
As a baby is being formed in utero, so is its sense of taste. A fetus in the second and third trimester has a highly sensitive palate, and what the mother eats helps determine the child's early flavors of choice. All the more reason to eat a variety of foods when pregnant and nursing.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
It doesn't surprise me that posting calorie counts doesn't really change dietary habits...if you want a huge, double-cheeseburger with fries, you probably aren't watching your calories anyway. But if you order something you THINK is healthy, like a salad, it's nice to know that some salads contain 500+ calories.
jkat jkat 7 years
I don't think the point of posting calories is to change habits. It is to give people the opportunity to make an informed choice. Personally, if I were a business who sold unhealthy food, I would do this in a heartbeat. It would be a lot harder to maintain a suit that McDonalds makes a person fat when they had all the information about what they were injesting beforehand. As a person who tries most of the time to make healthy choices, it would be nice to know exactly what I am getting, even if it doesn't change the dietary habits of my less health-conscious cohort.
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
I truly believe the article from Time. When I was pregnant, I ate lots of mango, blueberries, avocado, hummus, broccoli - all foods my daughter now loves to eat. She likes most food, but these are her favorites and they're what I ate most of.
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