With the Obamas on the healthcare case, Americans may find themselves thinking twice before ordering a Frappuccino or coffee cake at Starbucks.
Buried deep within the President’s health care reform bill there lays a mandate which requires big food chains to come up with the goods on their goods. This new federal law requires obligations for any restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets to disclose calorie counts on their food items. Along with this information they will supply information on how many calories you should eat – if you’re considered a “healthy person.”
We’ve gone back and forth on the subject of restaurant labeling at A Weight Lifted. I think Marsha has been less a proponent than myself (she can defend this notion later…), but I’ve always felt there’s some merit in enlightening consumers how many calories might be in more high risk items.
Here are some of the considerations up for discussion:
- The average Joe simply doesn’t have the capability to discern calories in much of what they eat. Particularly, with portions so small and high fructose syrups and fats so high. I can agree that it’s a slippery slope…
- Getting folks to focus on calories, numbers and labels further encourages consumers not to use their intuitive ability to feel what’s going on in their bellies and in their brains, regardless of what a label tells them.
- Our food source in the country is a problem. Portions are too big, sugars and saturated fats too high – stop the insanity!