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Calorie count rules take effect Monday

Calorie count rules take effect Monday

John Cortinas knows exactly how many calories he's getting.

The FDA says it will be working with restaurants over the next year to help change their menus.

Starting Monday chain restaurants, fast food eateries and other establishments that sell prepared foods will have to list calorie counts on their menus. Over one million New Yorkers see calorie labels daily, and in a poll of New York City adults, the majority found them useful.

New U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) rules require restaurant, grocery and convenience store chains to post calorie counts for all standard items on their menus. That includes movie theater popcorn and drinks in bars.

This requirement is a part of the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration saw fit to implenebt; after being pushed back several times over the past 4 years. While some eateries have provided nutritional information, including calories, on their menus for some time, and a few states have requirements in that regard, it's no longer an option.

Second, the FDA rule requires the calories to be put in context.

As of Monday, there's no more delaying.

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These may seem like small changes, but having information about the food you eat is now more important than ever before. In these grab-and-go times, calorie labeling shouldn't be limited to McDonald's, Taco Bell or Applebee's.

Walk into any chain, and with a glance, there's the calorie count of that double cheeseburger you're eyeing. Whether it's custom pizzas or sandwiches, it's hard and "arduous" in some cases to offer accurate calorie counts. Nestle wrote. "And it most definitely works for me". "I am one of those people who can eat the same thing for lunch every day". So why use menu labels at all?

The idea behind the laws, both federal and local, is to help Americans control their weight. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, and obesity increases the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.

While Gottlieb says there is "no single more effective public health action" than reducing sodium, there is much debate over whether salt is good or bad within the scientific and nutritionist communities. Most of the customers at a Panera bread, around the corner form the Chipotle, said they did not pay attention.

"Americans now eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home". However, in some shops - like the Subway restaurant chain - the labeling actually correlated with consumers increasing the calorie content in their meals, perhaps in an effort to maximize their dollar-to-calorie spending.

He estimates his own sandwich provided 400 calories.