I Doubt This Poll Accurately Reflects Americans View On Food Labeling

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I doubt it, but, I allow it could be accurate.  At Townhall, we see this ….

AP-GfK Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants. Most favor labels for prepared foods in the grocery store, too.

The poll was conducted a little more than a week after the Food and Drug Administration announced new rules that will require restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

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MAJORITY SUPPORT MENU LABELING

A majority of Americans — 56 percent — favor requiring fast food restaurants to post calorie amounts on menus, while 54 percent favor the calorie postings at sit-down restaurants and 52 percent favor the labels at prepared food counters at grocery stores.

Slightly fewer approved of requiring the calorie postings in other dining locations. Forty-nine percent of Americans supported posting calories on coffee shop menus and 44 percent approved of the postings on vending machines and at movie theaters. Forty-three percent favored calorie postings in amusement parks. All of those establishments will be required to post calorie amounts under the new FDA rules.

Only about 1 in 10 Americans oppose labeling requirements at each of these places. The remainder said they neither favor nor oppose each requirement. ……

Right, I’m going to want McDonalds to label the calories of their food items so I can make a healthy choice for a meal ……… at McDonalds —–  😐   I’ll skip desert at McDs, but, trot over to Baskin Robbins and force them to give me a calorie count of their ice cream ……… so I can make a healthy choice there, too.  WTF?  Would did the AP poll?  Their economic writers? 

Later in the article, we see this ……

PEOPLE CARE ABOUT CALORIES, SUGARS, FATS

The idea behind the rules is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger if they know it has hundreds of calories — and, in turn, restaurants may make their foods healthier to keep calorie counts down. The menus and menu boards will tell diners that a 2,000-calorie diet is used as the basis for daily nutrition, noting that individual calorie needs may vary. Additional nutritional information beyond calories, including sodium, fats, sugar and other items, must be available upon request.

When they’re judging whether a food item is a healthy choice or not, 55 percent of Americans say how many calories it contains is very or extremely important to them. Same with sodium levels.

Sugar and fat were slightly more important to health-conscious diners — 61 percent said sugar was very or extremely important when deciding on healthy purchases and 59 percent said the same about the amount of fat.

Only 36 percent of Americans said they feel the level of vitamins and minerals is extremely or very important when making healthy purchases, and even fewer — 23 percent, less than a quarter — said the same about whether an item is organic.

You know, this is why I allow that the poll could perhaps be reflective of Americans’ views.  Most people are too stupid to understand what calories are, what they do, what sugars are, what they do, fats, and sodium, and anything else about healthy eating.  

THERE IS NO IDEAL AVERAGE DIET!!!!!!!  There’s no such thing!  A healthy diet is individualized to the person.  No two people are alike in their nutritional needs.  Forcing these restaurants to give this information to the average public is akin to forcing people to give fish bicycles.  There’s absolutely no use for it! 

And, the bit about the bacon double cheeseburger ….. people care about calorie counting but, don’t know a BDCB contains hundreds of calories?  Is there any stupider logic than that?

The one and only thing these new rules will accomplish is that the price of our food will go up.  Thanks FDA, you a$$holes. 

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13 Responses to I Doubt This Poll Accurately Reflects Americans View On Food Labeling

  1. Latitude says:

    They must have taken this poll in the middle of a bunch of midlife metrosexuals…
    No one eats that way unless they are dieting……We go out to eat based on what we’re in the mood to eat!

    Please don’t label my baby backs, onion loaf and death by chocolate!

  2. DirkH says:

    I’m very conscious about fat. So much so that I brought my own butterstick to the canteen on my last project. Food was a bit on the low fat side sometimes. Was easily fixed.

  3. Jason Calley says:

    If people really cared about knowing food calories the free market would have shown that by now. The cost of posting a calorie chart would be almost nothing per store. If a store owner could spend a dollar and increase his sales by even a few percent, every store would have a big calorie sheet posted in the front window. The fact is, most people don’t care — and the one’s that do care can estimate for themselves.

    Of course people will CLAIM to care if it gives them a good self-image while they answer poll questions. Just like a lot of people claim to be concerned about hunger in whatever-stan, or the plight of restless-leg children — but the people who REALLY care (those who will act on that feeling) are always fewer.

  4. philjourdan says:

    They elected Obama twice – they could be that stupid. Me? I do not ask at a restaurant. I do my own homework.

  5. Mark Luhman says:

    The worst part of this whole thing, the advice on what is health most of the time is just plain wrong, low fat only mean the food is low fat, not the people eating it! Low fat diet is the quickest route of obesity they ever came up with. The simple fact is to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you body needs. Low fat only make you crave food more, not less! The two hour sugar bounce low fat produces is deadly!

    • cdquarles says:

      More strictly speaking significantly fewer calories, which will depend on expenditures and the expenditures vary with age, sex, activity, current illness(es), exposure to environmental extremes, etc.

      Bottom line, basically do *not* worry about your diet or over much about your weight. The survival curve is a very slight upward facing parabola. The people most likely to die in the near future are those who are way too thin or way to fat (and when stressed, the fat one will outlive the thin one; something not lost on the generation that survived the Depression).

      • DirkH says:

        cdquarles says:
        January 2, 2015 at 10:44 am
        “Bottom line, basically do *not* worry about your diet or over much about your weight. ”

        I see you completely ignore the cost of wardrobe, let alone the aesthetics.

        “(and when stressed, the fat one will outlive the thin one; ”

        Ah yeah? In an inner city park at night facing a gang with knifes? What’s the fat one gonna do, ROLL over them?

        • philjourdan says:

          Actually, the fat one has a better chance of having them miss a vital organ than the thin one does. What is the thin one going to do? Run around and pretend they are slow dullards?

        • cdquarles says:

          See what Phil said.

          Don’t go to inner city parks.

          If you have to go to an inner city park, be packing.

        • cdquarles says:

          Oh, why should I care about what I or any one else looks like? Too skinny = looks sick enough to die within the hour.

          About cost of wardrobe? Mine costs no more than that string bean’s, unless you’re talking about hand tailored; which I’m not going to spend my money on. Cheap off the rack works for me. $5 shirts, $5 pants, $10 shoes, $10 12 pack of socks, $10 6 pack of undershorts $10 6 pack of undershirts. $50 overcoat that lasts for 20 or more years, etc.

          I have to take prednisone from time to time. When I do, I gain weight. When I’m not, I tend to lose it back down to the previous weight. What is not good is bouncing around, back and forth. Better to find a way to hold a weight, unless you’re way too fat. In that case, losing some and maintaining the loss is better than bouncing around like a yo-yo.

        • DirkH says:

          “About cost of wardrobe? Mine costs no more than that string bean’s, unless you’re talking about hand tailored; which I’m not going to spend my money on. ”

          I was thinking of the process of growing circumferences.

        • cdquarles says:

          Ah. That’s called buy a size too big to allow for ‘shrinkage’ :P.

  6. cdquarles says:

    Indeed. The only unhealthy diet is the one that results in a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. NB, what that diet may be will vary with age and current illness(es) and sometimes with the treatment(s) for them.

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