New York law requiring restaurants to publish calorie counts of all items come into effect – New Yorkers shocked by how many calories in their favorite foods.
Man, calorie counts? Next thing you know they’ll be herding fat people into concentration camps!
I work in New York and I love those little calorie things. They oughta be required nationwide.
The calorie counts aren’t as surprising as the reactions people are having toward the newly displayed info. Apparently the notices really are necessary because people seem to have no idea what they’re eating. In this day and age, you’d think people would have a little more sense than that.
Expect more like this comment:
“I’m so upset,” she said, noting some entrees — like the Jack Daniels ribs and shrimp dinner — contain almost 2,000 calories, and the desserts were more of the same (the brownie obsession is 1,500 calories). “I wish they wouldn’t have done this.”
But then Fowler noticed that the waiter had handed her friend an old menu, which didn’t have calorie counts on it.
“You got a menu without anything on it?” she asked her friend. “Can I have yours?”
Talk about denial.
It ain’t just a river.
I would like to apologize for the terrible old joke I made seconds ago.
I love those labels, although they’re kind of pointless at Chipotle. “Bowl: 290-820 Calories.” Thanks for narrowing it down, guys!
I was actually surprised at how few calories are in my morning apple fritter – it barely even competes with the corn muffin.
I laughed, Kyle. Does that make me terrible?
I wish we’d get something like this in the UK. I’d still ignore it, but it’d make me feel bad about ignoring it which is the first step. Maybe. I notice that I’ve just drunk a bottle of wine. Wonder how many calories we’re talking about there?
Seriously though, giving people more information to enable them to make more informed choices can only be a good thing. Well done New York.
They’ll just go on stuffing their faces. When my parents went dow on vacation to Florida (they live in Canada), they were shocked at the ridiculously large portions Americans are served at restaurants. Supposedly small portions were actually medium- or family-sized by our standards. The kicker? Even the utensils were bigger than the ones we had at home.
I feel weird. I think I may be the only non-particularly-athletic person who looks at calories as “sources of energy” rather than “sources of fat.” To me, a 2000 calorie meal just suggests that I’ll probably be able to run on it for a while, not that it’ll make me erupt.
Bah, I’m with you. That lady whining about the Calories in her salad doesn’t seem to realize that they’re not EMPTY Calories like the burger she’s comparing it to (I capitalize for science). Though saturated fat tastes better.
W.E.B., that alone cannot make you terrible. You’ll just have to work for it.
well, I know that seeing the number of calories wouldn’t stop me from getting something if I really wanted it.
This is just going to lead to a bunch of obnoxious people talking about how much other people are eating.
And restaurants and all are just going to end up serving less food for the same price. Decrease the size, drop the price for six months and then creep it back up to the original price without increasing the food.
a burger has nutrients in it. You want to talk empty calories talk doughnuts.
I saw talking donuts once. Course, it was after I add acid into my double double at timmies, but hey, that’s the best way to drink it!
I think this is a great idea, all large franchise restaurants should have to do this.
but never my small corner bakeries.
Meanwhile, In Cedar Rapids, I’d kill to get my hands on a bavarian creme filled doughnut.
When I was in Hawaii, I was not impressed by the portions received. It wasn’t more than I’d get at home, and it was pretty crappy food.
Then you should be thankful it wasn’t more than you got at home.
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