Menu Labeling – Do You Want To Know?

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Dave Kirchoff (CEO of Weight Watchers) presents the argument to label calorie counts in restaurants as part of Obamacare. I did not know this component existed in the new law. Personally I would welcome the information. When I go out, I am guessing at the choices I make. Who knows what the calorie count or in my case point value of a selection is? This information will make us smarter consumers.

There are many people who won’t be influenced by the information. These are the same people who don’t read food package labeling. They blindly eat what they want, consequences be damned. More power to them. There are a lot of people who do read package labels and make sound food choices based on that information. Shouldn’t that information be made available in the area where Americans go so far off course of eating healthy?

There is a city ordinance in New York City requiring restaurants to provide this information and I say it’s about time. What may seem like an innocuous selection could be disastrous to your daily calorie intake. Smart people want information. Smart people make informed choices.

What do you think? Do you want restaurants to label the calorie count of their food?

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