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A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared the way for national requirements about posting nutritional information at chain restaurants. Having calories, fat content and sodium levels displayed at the point of purchase has been promoted as a way to increase awareness and ultimately, healthier consumer choices.
A study in the August issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics evaluated the real-life impact of menu labeling in King County, Washington, after new regulations were implemented. Researchers found some improvement, specifically evidence of a decrease in calories, saturated fat and sodium content after the implementation of menu regulations for items that were on the menu.
Until restaurant everywhere are required to do this, check the menu for descriptive words that may give you a hint as to the menu options with fewer calories or less fat or sodium.
Fewer Calories and Less Fat
More Calories and Fat
For more information about smart food choices while dining out, visit our Eating Out page and consult a registered dietitian.
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