Consumers are at an advantage when they are informed about what they are eating. Knowing their calories intake would enable them to monitor their diet. Calories reveal the amount of energy found in the food. This could allow consumers to check the carbohydrates or protein level if the food contains them. Many times people are ordering items in the menu without knowing the calories. There are a certain amount of calories, which are deemed as acceptable intake in a day and varies from person to person based on their age and weight. The calories in the food are something people store as fat or burn through exercise.
The Food and Drug Administration—FDA—mandated for restaurants to include details about the calories in the menu to be effective on May 5, 2017. President Obama signed the approval for menu labeling: “The menu-labeling requirement was part of the health care law President Obama signed into law in 2010” (FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling, 2016). This will make food chain restaurants display the calories to enable people to know what they are eating outside of their homes. Because inside of their homes, they are able to see calories in the nutrition label unlike outside of their homes. Food chain restaurants are restaurants with related formations and under one corporate ownership. For those who are health conscious, this labeling in food chain restaurants would be a plus. Just as stores are required to have nutritional labels for food products they sell, the food establishments need to make visible the calories upon request: “The requirements are threefold: Each menu item must have a clearly visible calorie count, and each food establishment must post two statements, one noting that the average daily intake is 2,000 calories and another letting customers know that detailed nutritional information about each menu item is available on request” (Goldman, 2015, p.1). This transparency in food establishments was geared to encourage healthy eating habits. Food establishments are establishments, which prepares and serves food to consumers.
Goldman, T.R. (2015).The FDA’s Menu-Labeling Rule. Health Policy Brief. Retrieved from http://healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief_pdfs/healthpolicybrief_140.pdf
(2016, May 5). FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling. National Restaurant Association. Retrieved from http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/FDA-issues-final-guidance-on-menu-labeling