May 7, 2018 - Health
Calorie counts are coming to more chain restaurants
Today is the deadline by which large chain restaurants — those with more than 20 locations — must display calorie counts on their menus or menu boards.
The context: It's a product of the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration has had to handle some of the implementation, thanks to lawsuits from the food industry.
- Many large restaurant chains have already made this change, but a few have held out.
- "Surveys show consumers overwhelmingly want this information. And many use it to improve their diets and health," Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement last week.
Yes, but: "Menu labeling may be taking our eye off the ball. By offering us what seems to be a solution, it may prevent us from trying other things that might work better," Indiana University professor Aaron Carroll wrote in the New York Times in 2015.