Have you noticed a change while dining? Like say, calories posted on the menu leder board as you order your meal. Well, it’s only part of the California Menu Labeling Law passed last year that went into effect January 1. The law stipulates that chain restaurants which are not sit-down (aka fancy-hand-the-menu-to-you) must post calorie count information on the menus or have it available tableside. What used to be an optional information in a brochure offered upon request is now right in your face. (Sit-down restaurants must also provide calorie information upon request if it’s not already present).
All chain restaurants in California must participate or be cited during health inspections. Early adopters (locally, at least) I’ve personally noticed include Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Starbucks.
The calorie count is eye-opening to say the least. That 10-piece chicken McNuggets meal you were eyeing? Well that’s whopping 1080 calories. That glazed donut at Starbucks? 420 calories. While I can’t say that everyone is influenced by the calorie count on the menu, it does make me reconsider my lunch options. While I’m not admitting anything, I do enjoy my occasional fast food fix. What is it they say? Do everything in moderation?
Will these changes affect how you order? Do you even care?