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The Government To Mandate Nutrition Facts On Fast Food

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My wife and I, in an effort to eat healthier, are really watching calories these days, and of course taking Calotren.  As I pulled up to a fast food establishment in Henderson, I decided to ask them for a nutrition guide.  The staff acted like I was crazy before remembering that there was one on the wall in the dining room.  What…I’m not walking all the way in there!  (One step at a time folks).  But seriously, they could not hand me any info on the nutrition or lack there of included in their food.  I won’t say which establishment this was…but the woman at the drive-through window did have long red pigtails.

Now, to avoid this situation in the future and help people like myself make more informed choices when eating away from home, the federal government is introducing mandatory nutrition labeling for fast food menus and vending machines.

Items sold at movie theaters are exempt, strange but then again if you eat in the dark, the calories don’t count.

The problem is that few Americans pay much attention to the nutrition labeling on even the packaged foods brought into their homes.

While they may be ignored by some, prominently-displayed calorie counts would at least benefit those who are trying to eat better and simply haven’t had the information they needed to do so.


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