Food Fight

February 28, 2008 at 1:52 am 1 comment

Menu labeling requirements in New York have apparently set off a great debate that has me completely baffled. NY restaurants are arguing that listing calories alongside menu items could be harmful to patrons by “adding to the forbidden-fruit allure of high-calorie foods or by sending patrons away hungry enough that they will later gorge themselves even more.

Despite the fact that there is supposedly a “…study that found that dieters who were distracted while eating and presented with information that food was high in calories were more likely to overeat,” I remain unconvinced.

I have been researching restaurant food calories for years, and knowing the calorie content has always benefited me. I have never left a restaurant hungry – and then overeaten – because the food I wanted was higher in calories than I expected. I’ve merely made a different choice when I’ve gone to the restaurant. Or, perhaps, I’ve chosen a different restaurant entirely that has a healthier version of what I’m craving.

People should know what they’re eating. If they’re not inclined or able to access the information online, they should have it at their fingertips before they pop that tasty treat into their mouths. What’s wrong with making another choice when you know that Double Whopper with Cheese has 990 calories? Burger King has plenty of other options. So do all the other fast-food chains. Maybe you’ve hardly eaten all day, and you can afford 990 calories.

This is only a big deal because NY restaurants are afraid that educated consumers will demand change or stop patronizing their establishments. Get over it. Be confident in your offerings and evolve with your customers. In the end, it’ll be better for everyone.


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  • 1. Ginger Fithian  |  February 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Dear SassySexyShapely,
    I totally agree with you. I am quite tired of the so called ubiquitous “they” determining that I and the rest of USA population are not bright enough or independent enough or thoughtful enough to decide for ourselves what we want to eat without being influenced by the so called “know it all’s or know what’s besters for us”. I give myself and the USA population more credit than “they” do.


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