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California Will Require Chains to Post Nutritional Facts

Will diners consider their health before ordering a super-sized hamburger value meal? California legislators are betting on it: Last night, the state became the first to require restaurant chains to post nutritional information for their menu items.

By 2011, roughly 17,000 chain restaurants will be required to post the fat, calories, salt, and carbohydrate values where customers can readily see them. Alternatively, they can hand out brochures with the information. Said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:

When people go to the grocery store now . . . they can already read the labels and make informed decisions about what they eat. But now they will also have that pleasure when they go to the restaurant.

While the bill currently only applies to chains with 20 restaurants or more, it sets a precedent for imposing more health regulations on the restaurant industry, and sets the example for other states to follow suit. Do you predict this measure will change the way America eats? Will customers alter their eating habits because of menu labeling — or will people just eat what they want?


rebelkate rebelkate 9 years
Love this! Great idea and will be shocking to a lot of people just how many calories and how much fat they are consuming.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
I would like to know what I am eating. It won't deter me from buying something that I really like to eat unless I have to watch my diet for health reasons.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 9 years
I like that idea a lot. I've had times where I went out to eat and wanted to know the nutrition facts of the dish that I wanted.
psterling psterling 9 years
I think this is a great idea. Sometimes when I go out to eat I think that I might splurge on a dish because I don't eat out that often, but when I have the opportunity to see just how many calories it is that I'm consuming, I'm usually horrified and opt for something lighter.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's a good idea to have this information posted but i have to say that i don't think that it's going to really make much of an impact in how people eat. i feel like most people go to chains and they aren't really looking for the nutritional information, but i know that for myself and diners like me, if we see that something has like 700 cals and it's nothing significant - then we certainly won't eat it. i was watching this short on the news and they were talking about how some menus that have 'low cal' options really aren't low cal at all - so i guess maybe it'll make some impact. i guess i'm on the fence about this one huh?
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I think it's great. It probably won't stop everyone from eating unhealthy, but if it helps one person make better choices then it will have been worth it in my opinion. Macgirl - I've been following Weight Watchers for a little over 2 years and I've lost 70lbs. I'm still shocked sometimes when I research point values. It's a true eye-opener and really puts things in perspective.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I think this is a great idea. I joined weight watchers a month ago and have been "counting the points" for meals I used to regularly eat. I am shocked how bad some things that I thought were OK were. There are meals I used to eat that were a whole days worth of calories and fat. I am on the go two meals of my day and rely on restaurants and chains. I would love to know at a glance if what I think is a good choice actually is one.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 9 years
Sounds good to me! Now when people see what is actually in the food they are eating, they might make better choices.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
Finally! California Pizza Kitchen is one of my favorite chains and I've been dying to see their nutrition info. It's great how it's not just the calories too.
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