Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts to go into effect Monday

President Donald Trump has found one part of the federal health law palatable: He’s allowing Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts to go into effect Monday.

The rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Affordable Care Act to be implemented, require restaurants to list calories on all menus and menu boards. Restaurants will also have to provide on-site additional nutritional information, such as fat and sodium levels.
The law, intended to nudge Americans to eat healthier, applies to chains with at least 20 stores.

Although some are excited about this, others are not. Daren Bakst, a fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the law equates to government overreach. “It’s not up to the government to influence what people eat — that should be left up to each individual”.
This may lead to Americans to choosing a healthier option when they are out to eat at their favorite restaurant.

Some Pros and Cons of showing calories on the menu include:

It builds trust among customers: This shows transparency to the customers. Those who do want the calorie counts will more likely return and become loyal customers.

Can aid in preventing obesity: 1/3 of American adults are obese. Showing calories on a menu can make people aware of what they are putting in their body. It can aid those who are watching their diet to stick with their new healthy choices.

Calories to do actually show the nutrition value of food: Some nutrient dense food like nuts and seeds are high in fat and calories. But, they are very nutritious.

Calorie counts for menus can be expensive: Having dishes analyzed for calories can be costly. Restaurants may need to reprint their menus and food boards.

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