Weigh-in and Menu Calories
Today is weigh-in day and tomorrow is a travel day. We head to St. Augustine, Florida. We stay in a resort adjacent to Golf World. We can walk around the 1.2 mile lake they have in the middle. It’s called the Walk Of Champions as the signatures of Golf Hall of Fame members are all around the lake. It’s a nice place to visit.
I noticed that most of the menus we looked at in California had calories on the items. I looked up the rule and it said, “State law requires calorie counts to be displayed at restaurants with 20 or more locations in California. In 2014 the FDA came up with their guidelines which are similar. The FDA added vending machines to the requirement. Here’s the announcement.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
My observation of having the calories listed is two-fold. One, I appreciate that they list the calories. We dieters need all the help we can get. When you glance down the menu, you readily see how many calories a menu item has. It does help persuade you to go for the less calorie foods. However, when it gets down to it, it just tells you how many calories there are in your choice. I found that I choose what I wanted, then looked at the calories as an afterthought. I have a feeling that most people totally ignore the little words following the enticing description of the food—calories=.
The other thing that I think helps is that it forces the restaurants to look at the calories and try to lower them a little. Of course, there you will find some differences in the portion although many restaurants measure out the ingredients. I watched a chef at a bread company measure out all the ingredients in a salad. They can regulate the total amount of calories better. I was in an Olive Garden and the salad they bring had calories for both with dressing and without. Another place I saw the salad calories without dressing.
Over all I think the idea is helpful. I think seeing the calories could help a dieter keep track of their calories and help them make better choices. Often I have wanted to track my calories but have no idea what they are when I eat out.