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