i think the smart chains will get out in front of this whole menu labeling issue. look what the health halo did for subway!
u.s. levels are pretty close:
Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says, consumers should limit daily intake to:
Total fat: 65 grams
Saturated fat: 20 grams
Sodium: 2,300 mg (though 1,500 mg for most Americans)
Added sugars: 32 grams (4 teaspoons)
SOURCE: Food and Drug Administration
calories aside, how closely do you think people stick to those recommended limits?
it is the sandwich alone, does not include the fries. i think many people are like me. you have a vague notion of calories, but for things like sodium, people don't have a clue. also at least 18 mcdonald's sandwiches still have transfat, which is a big no, no. do you know which ones?? (no fair looking it up)
it isn't just a matter of calories. i think most people know that a doughnut has more calories than string beans. i have to watch my sodium but i also like mcdonald's angus burger. i figured the sodium content was somewhat elevated but had no idea until i checked the touch screen that my favorite burger has 1170 mg of sodium. (no i hadn't checked online so shame on me). no more angus burgers for me. :-(
mcdonald's now puts nutrition information in tiny type on the underside of the tray liners. most consumers i talked to did not know it was there. anyone willing to fess up to eating at mcdonald's? did you look at the nutrition information?
in some cases, when restaurants have had to post fat, calories etc they've reformulated the dish to make the numbers look less dramatic. think that will happen with fast food??
also eventually all major chains, including the ones that say they have healthier options, will have to post at least calories. would seeing the calorie count make you change your order?