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Calorie counts are coming to more chain restaurants

Calorie counts on Chipotle's menu board. Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

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.

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