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FDA telah mengumumkan peraturan pelabelan menu yang lebih ketat untuk rangkaian restoran dan mesin layan diri. Inilah yang perlu anda ketahui dan bagaimana ia boleh mempengaruhi gaya hidup makan anda.

Restoran dengan 20 atau lebih lokasi diperlukan untuk menghantar maklumat kalori pada semua menu dan papan menu: Rangkaian restoran (digambarkan sebagai mana-mana tempat makan tertutup dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih), mesti memasukkan kalori semua makanan dan minuman di sebelah nama item dan / atau tanda harga.

Itu juga bermaksud alkohol (jenis): Dari siaran akhbar FDA: "Peraturan akhir pelabelan menu kini merangkumi minuman beralkohol tertentu yang disajikan di tempat makanan tertutup dan disenaraikan di menu, tetapi masih memberikan fleksibiliti dalam bagaimana organisasi memenuhi ketentuan ini."

Item bermusim dikecualikan daripada pelabelan: Makanan istimewa, bumbu, dan makanan / minuman harian tidak diperlukan untuk menyiarkan maklumat kalori (anda akan gembira mengetahui tentang Gingerbread Spice latte kegemaran anda!).

Itu juga berlaku untuk taman hiburan, teater filem, dan mesin layan diri: Mana-mana tempat makan dengan 20 atau lebih lokasi di taman hiburan dan teater filem, serta mesin layan diri, juga mesti mematuhi peraturan (walaupun mesin penjual mempunyai masa dua tahun untuk mengejar ketinggalan, sedangkan semua restoran lain mesti mematuhi dalam setahun).

Rantai pizza akan memasukkan kalori mengikut kepingan: Oleh kerana fleksibiliti keperibadian yang terdapat pada rantai pizza seperti Pizza Hut dan Domino's, FDA membenarkan rantai pizza memposting maklumat kalori oleh potongan, berbanding dengan pai.

Anda kini boleh mendapatkan maklumat pemakanan di mana-mana rangkaian utama: Semua restoran berantai mesti mempunyai maklumat pemakanan (bahan, kandungan lemak / garam, dll.) Yang tersedia atas permintaan.

Untuk kejadian terbaru dalam dunia makanan dan minuman, lawati kami Berita Makanan halaman.

Joanna Fantozzi adalah Editor Bersekutu dengan The Daily Meal. Ikuti dia di Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


Undang-undang baru menghendaki restoran menghantar maklumat pemakanan

Chris Kirk tahu bahawa terdapat banyak kalori tersembunyi di luar sana, hanya menunggu untuk menyerang.

Kirk, yang memiliki francais 1-800-GOT-JUNK di Stratford, mempunyai pekerjaan yang membuat dia terus maju. Akibatnya, dia sering mengambil makanannya dan pergi. Kirk menganggarkan bahawa dia makan di rantai makanan segera seperti Burger King dan Pizza Hut sekurang-kurangnya beberapa kali seminggu. Dia tidak menyukai barang itu, tetapi menganggapnya sebagai kejahatan yang diperlukan.

Kirk juga berusia 43 tahun dan sampai ke tahap di mana dia merasa lebih sukar untuk mengekalkan berat badannya. Dia berusaha membuat pilihan yang agak sihat ketika makan, walaupun itu sukar. "Saya tahu ada banyak makanan siluman di luar sana yang kelihatan sihat tetapi tidak," katanya.

Dalam masa terdekat, Kirk dan yang lain yang menjaga restoran rantaian dapat sedikit lebih banyak bantuan dalam memisahkan makanan yang benar-benar rendah kalori dari mereka yang berpura-pura.

Rang undang-undang pembaharuan penjagaan kesihatan yang ditandatangani Presiden Barack Obama bulan lalu menghendaki restoran berantai - yang didefinisikan sebagai restoran dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih - menyiarkan kandungan kalori dari persembahan mereka di menu atau papan menu. Syarikat juga diminta untuk menghantar maklumat tentang bagaimana kandungan kalori item menu tertentu bertentangan dengan keperluan kalori harian. Maklumat pemakanan lain, seperti kandungan lemak dan kandungan karbohidrat, mesti tersedia atas permintaan. Item yang tidak disenaraikan di menu, seperti pesanan sementara atau pesanan khusus, akan dikecualikan dari panduan.

Pelabelan itu akan berkuatkuasa pada tahun depan.

Undang-undang persekutuan telah disanjung oleh penyokong kesihatan dan perwakilan industri restoran, yang keduanya melihat undang-undang itu sebagai cara untuk membuat pelanggan lebih berpendidikan mengenai pilihan makanan. Objektif perundangan adalah untuk membantu membendung krisis obesiti yang semakin meningkat di Amerika Syarikat.

Menurut Pusat Statistik Kesihatan Nasional, 34 peratus orang Amerika yang berumur 20 tahun ke atas dianggap gemuk, dan 67 peratus dari mereka yang berada dalam kumpulan umur itu berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

Ramai penyokong kesihatan percaya bahawa catatan jumlah kalori dapat membuat pengunjung berfikir dua kali sebelum merendahkan bahawa (540 kalori, 29 gram lemak) Big Mac atau membengkak (190 kalori, 7 gram lemak) Starbucks latte.

"Ini memerlukan beberapa tekaan pemakanan daripada makan di luar," kata Karen Novak, pendidik pemakanan pesakit luar di Pusat Perubatan St. Vincent di Bridgeport. "Orang dapat menghilangkan sejumlah besar kalori dari makanan mereka dengan cara ini."

Namun, ada pihak yang ragu-ragu tentang seberapa besar kesan undang-undang itu. Walaupun Kirk berpendapat pelabelan menu akan membantunya menjadi pemakan yang lebih pintar, dia ragu ia akan memberi banyak kesan kepada mereka yang tidak peduli dengan risiko kesihatan yang berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

"Sekiranya seseorang benar-benar memperhatikan berat badan mereka, saya rasa ia akan membuat perbezaan," katanya.

Tetapi, dia menunjukkan bahawa banyak orang tidak peduli untuk mengubah kebiasaan makan mereka. "Saya berjalan di jalan dan banyak orang berlebihan berat badan dan sepertinya tidak mempedulikannya," kata Kirk.

Sebilangan penduduk kawasan di luar Starbucks on White Plains Road di Trumbull juga mempunyai pendapat bercampur mengenai pelabelan menu. Brian Walsh, dari Trumbull, mengatakan dia tidak menganggap pelabelan menu diperlukan, sambil menambah bahawa, jika orang benar-benar prihatin untuk membuat pilihan yang sihat, mereka akan mencari jalan untuk melakukannya.

"Orang harus membuat pilihan mereka sendiri," katanya. "Saya rasa orang cukup pintar untuk mengetahui, ketika mereka pergi ke restoran makanan segera, nilai gizi dari apa yang mereka makan. Saya rasa (pelabelan menu adalah) cara pemerintah mencuba dan mengendalikan lebih banyak lagi."

Tetapi Jill Driscoll, dari Stratford. dan Kim Edwards. dari Shelton. tidak setuju. "Itu bukan perkara buruk, untuk memberitahu orang tahu apa yang mereka makan," kata Driscoll. Edwards setuju dan, seperti Kirk, menunjukkan bahawa sesuatu yang kelihatan sihat - seperti salad - dapat dipenuhi dengan kalori. "Saya fikir ia akan mendidik orang," kata Edwards.

Secara tempatan, ada usaha selama beberapa tahun terakhir untuk mewajibkan pelabelan menu di restoran rantaian di seluruh Connecticut. Rang undang-undang yang akan dilakukan yang benar-benar meluluskan Badan Perundangan negara, tetapi telah diveto oleh Pemerintah M. Jodi Rell tahun lalu. Pada saat itu, Rell mengatakan dia menembaknya karena khawatir akan kesannya terhadap perniagaan kawasan, dan melihat makanan yang sihat sebagai sesuatu yang harus diatur oleh akal sehat, bukan perundangan.

Namun, banyak di industri restoran senang dengan undang-undang baru, termasuk Rich Jeffers, jurucakap Orlando, Darden Restaurants yang berpusat di Fla. Darden adalah syarikat induk kepada beberapa rangkaian terkenal, termasuk Red Lobster dan The Olive Garden. Jeffers berkata, undang-undang pelabelan menu yang dibuat secara serantau dapat membingungkan pengunjung dan restoran.

"Kami menyokongnya," katanya. "Ini membolehkan restoran kami di seluruh negara memberikan maklumat yang sama. Ini menjadikannya konsisten untuk para tamu kami juga."

Nicole Griffin, pengarah eksekutif Persatuan Restoran Connecticut, memuji undang-undang itu juga.

Persatuan ini mewakili 600 profesional hospitaliti di 1,000 lokasi di Connecticut. Seperti Jeffers, Griffin mengatakan undang-undang persekutuan akan menawarkan konsistensi yang lebih besar daripada undang-undang pelabelan menu tambal sulam mulai muncul di seluruh negara.

"Pengguna suka melihat maklumat ini," katanya. "Ini hanya menjadikannya seragam di seluruh negara."

Sejumlah negeri, kota, dan daerah telah menerapkan kebijakan seperti ini, termasuk New York City. Bandar ini meletakkan pelabelan menu pada bulan Mac 2008 dan, menurut tinjauan awal, kalori yang dibeli setiap pelanggan menurun di sembilan dari 13 restoran rantaian setelah maklumat pemakanan ditambahkan. Tinjauan itu juga mendapati bahawa pelanggan yang mengatakan bahawa mereka menggunakan maklumat kalori yang disiarkan yang dibeli, rata-rata, 106 kalori lebih sedikit daripada mereka yang tidak menyedari atau tidak menggunakan maklumat tersebut.

Setelah undang-undang pelabelan menu persekutuan berkuatkuasa, undang-undang ini akan menggantikan undang-undang di seluruh negeri dan wilayah seperti undang-undang di New York.


Undang-undang baru menghendaki restoran menghantar maklumat pemakanan

Chris Kirk tahu bahawa terdapat banyak kalori tersembunyi di luar sana, hanya menunggu untuk menyerang.

Kirk, yang memiliki francais 1-800-GOT-JUNK di Stratford, mempunyai pekerjaan yang membuat dia terus maju. Akibatnya, dia sering mengambil makanannya dan pergi. Kirk menganggarkan bahawa dia makan di rantai makanan segera seperti Burger King dan Pizza Hut sekurang-kurangnya beberapa kali seminggu. Dia tidak menyukai barang itu, tetapi menganggapnya sebagai kejahatan yang diperlukan.

Kirk juga berusia 43 tahun dan sampai ke tahap di mana dia merasa lebih sukar untuk mengekalkan berat badannya. Dia berusaha untuk membuat pilihan yang agak sihat ketika dia makan, walaupun itu sukar. "Saya tahu ada banyak makanan siluman di luar sana yang kelihatan sihat tetapi tidak," katanya.

Dalam masa terdekat, Kirk dan yang lain yang menjaga restoran rantaian dapat sedikit lebih banyak bantuan dalam memisahkan makanan yang benar-benar rendah kalori dari mereka yang berpura-pura.

Rang undang-undang pembaharuan penjagaan kesihatan yang ditandatangani Presiden Barack Obama bulan lalu menghendaki restoran berantai - yang didefinisikan sebagai restoran dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih - menyiarkan kandungan kalori dari persembahan mereka di menu atau papan menu. Syarikat juga diminta untuk menghantar maklumat mengenai bagaimana kandungan kalori item menu tertentu bertentangan dengan keperluan kalori harian. Maklumat pemakanan lain, seperti kandungan lemak dan kandungan karbohidrat, mesti tersedia atas permintaan. Item yang tidak disenaraikan di menu, seperti spesial sementara atau pesanan khusus, akan dikecualikan dari garis panduan.

Pelabelan itu akan berkuatkuasa pada tahun depan.

Undang-undang persekutuan telah disanjung oleh penyokong kesihatan dan perwakilan industri restoran, yang keduanya melihat undang-undang itu sebagai cara untuk membuat pelanggan lebih berpendidikan mengenai pilihan makanan. Objektif perundangan adalah untuk membantu membendung krisis obesiti yang semakin meningkat di Amerika Syarikat.

Menurut Pusat Statistik Kesihatan Nasional, 34 peratus orang Amerika yang berumur 20 tahun ke atas dianggap gemuk, dan 67 peratus dari mereka yang berada dalam kumpulan usia itu berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

Ramai penyokong kesihatan percaya bahawa mengira jumlah kalori dapat membuat pengunjung berfikir dua kali sebelum merendahkan bahawa (540 kalori, 29 gram lemak) Big Mac atau membengkak (190 kalori, 7 gram lemak) Starbucks latte.

"Ini memerlukan beberapa tekaan pemakanan daripada makan di luar," kata Karen Novak, pendidik pemakanan pesakit luar di Pusat Perubatan St. Vincent di Bridgeport. "Orang dapat menghilangkan sejumlah besar kalori dari makanan mereka dengan cara ini."

Namun, ada pihak yang ragu-ragu tentang seberapa besar kesan undang-undang itu. Walaupun Kirk berpendapat pelabelan menu akan membantunya menjadi pemakan yang lebih pintar, dia ragu ia akan memberi banyak kesan kepada mereka yang tidak peduli dengan risiko kesihatan yang berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

"Sekiranya seseorang benar-benar memperhatikan berat badan mereka, saya rasa ia akan membuat perbezaan," katanya.

Tetapi, dia menunjukkan bahawa banyak orang tidak peduli untuk mengubah kebiasaan makan mereka. "Saya berjalan di jalan dan banyak orang berlebihan berat badan dan sepertinya tidak mempedulikannya," kata Kirk.

Sebilangan penduduk kawasan di luar Starbucks on White Plains Road di Trumbull juga mempunyai pendapat bercampur mengenai pelabelan menu. Brian Walsh, dari Trumbull, mengatakan dia tidak menganggap pelabelan menu diperlukan, sambil menambah bahawa, jika orang benar-benar prihatin untuk membuat pilihan yang sihat, mereka akan mencari jalan untuk melakukannya.

"Orang harus membuat pilihan mereka sendiri," katanya. "Saya rasa orang cukup pintar untuk mengetahui, ketika mereka pergi ke restoran makanan segera, nilai gizi dari apa yang mereka makan. Saya rasa (pelabelan menu adalah) cara pemerintah mencuba dan mengendalikan lebih banyak lagi."

Tetapi Jill Driscoll, dari Stratford. dan Kim Edwards. dari Shelton. tidak setuju. "Itu bukan perkara buruk, untuk membiarkan orang tahu apa yang mereka makan," kata Driscoll. Edwards setuju dan, seperti Kirk, menunjukkan bahawa sesuatu yang kelihatan sihat - seperti salad - dapat dipenuhi dengan kalori. "Saya fikir ia akan mendidik orang," kata Edwards.

Secara tempatan, ada usaha selama beberapa tahun terakhir untuk mewajibkan pelabelan menu di restoran rantaian di seluruh Connecticut. Rang undang-undang yang akan dilakukan yang benar-benar meluluskan Badan Perundangan negara, tetapi telah diveto oleh Pemerintah M. Jodi Rell tahun lalu. Pada saat itu, Rell mengatakan dia menembaknya karena dia khawatir akan kesannya terhadap perniagaan daerah, dan melihat makanan yang sihat sebagai sesuatu yang harus diatur oleh akal sehat, bukan perundangan.

Namun, banyak di industri restoran senang dengan undang-undang baru, termasuk Rich Jeffers, jurucakap Orlando, Darden Restaurants yang berpusat di Fla. Darden adalah syarikat induk kepada beberapa rangkaian terkenal, termasuk Red Lobster dan The Olive Garden. Jeffers mengatakan undang-undang pelabelan menu yang dibuat secara serantau dapat membingungkan pengunjung dan restoran.

"Kami menyokongnya," katanya. "Ini membolehkan restoran kami di seluruh negara memberikan maklumat yang sama. Ini menjadikannya konsisten untuk para tamu kami juga."

Nicole Griffin, pengarah eksekutif Persatuan Restoran Connecticut, memuji undang-undang itu juga.

Persatuan ini mewakili 600 profesional hospitaliti di 1,000 lokasi di Connecticut. Seperti Jeffers, Griffin mengatakan undang-undang persekutuan akan menawarkan konsistensi yang lebih besar daripada undang-undang pelabelan menu tambal sulam mulai muncul di seluruh negara.

"Pengguna suka melihat maklumat ini," katanya. "Ini hanya menjadikannya seragam di seluruh negara."

Sejumlah negeri, kota, dan daerah telah menerapkan kebijakan seperti ini, termasuk New York City. Bandar ini meletakkan pelabelan menu pada bulan Mac 2008 dan, menurut tinjauan awal, kalori yang dibeli setiap pelanggan menurun di sembilan dari 13 restoran rantaian setelah maklumat pemakanan ditambahkan. Tinjauan itu juga mendapati bahawa pelanggan yang mengatakan bahawa mereka menggunakan maklumat kalori yang disiarkan yang dibeli, rata-rata, 106 kalori lebih sedikit daripada mereka yang tidak menyedari atau tidak menggunakan maklumat tersebut.

Setelah undang-undang pelabelan menu persekutuan berkuatkuasa, undang-undang ini akan menggantikan undang-undang di seluruh negeri dan wilayah seperti undang-undang di New York.


Undang-undang baru menghendaki restoran menghantar maklumat pemakanan

Chris Kirk tahu bahawa terdapat banyak kalori tersembunyi di luar sana, hanya menunggu untuk menyerang.

Kirk, yang memiliki francais 1-800-GOT-JUNK di Stratford, mempunyai pekerjaan yang membuat dia terus maju. Akibatnya, dia sering mengambil makanannya dan pergi. Kirk menganggarkan bahawa dia makan di rantai makanan segera seperti Burger King dan Pizza Hut sekurang-kurangnya beberapa kali seminggu. Dia tidak menyukai barang itu, tetapi menganggapnya sebagai kejahatan yang diperlukan.

Kirk juga berusia 43 tahun dan sampai ke tahap di mana dia merasa lebih sukar untuk mengekalkan berat badannya. Dia berusaha membuat pilihan yang agak sihat ketika makan, walaupun itu sukar. "Saya tahu ada banyak makanan siluman di luar sana yang kelihatan sihat tetapi tidak," katanya.

Dalam masa terdekat, Kirk dan yang lain yang menjaga restoran rantaian dapat sedikit lebih banyak bantuan dalam memisahkan makanan yang benar-benar rendah kalori dari mereka yang berpura-pura.

Rang undang-undang pembaharuan penjagaan kesihatan yang ditandatangani Presiden Barack Obama bulan lalu menghendaki restoran berantai - yang didefinisikan sebagai restoran dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih - menyiarkan kandungan kalori dari persembahan mereka di menu atau papan menu. Syarikat juga diminta untuk menghantar maklumat tentang bagaimana kandungan kalori item menu tertentu bertentangan dengan keperluan kalori harian. Maklumat pemakanan lain, seperti kandungan lemak dan kandungan karbohidrat, mesti tersedia atas permintaan. Item yang tidak disenaraikan di menu, seperti pesanan sementara atau pesanan khusus, akan dikecualikan dari panduan.

Pelabelan itu akan berkuatkuasa pada tahun depan.

Undang-undang persekutuan telah disanjung oleh penyokong kesihatan dan perwakilan industri restoran, yang keduanya melihat undang-undang itu sebagai cara untuk membuat pelanggan lebih berpendidikan mengenai pilihan makanan. Objektif perundangan adalah untuk membantu membendung krisis obesiti yang semakin meningkat di Amerika Syarikat.

Menurut Pusat Statistik Kesihatan Nasional, 34 peratus orang Amerika yang berumur 20 tahun ke atas dianggap gemuk, dan 67 peratus dari mereka yang berada dalam kumpulan umur itu berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

Ramai penyokong kesihatan percaya bahawa catatan jumlah kalori dapat membuat pengunjung berfikir dua kali sebelum merendahkan bahawa (540 kalori, 29 gram lemak) Big Mac atau membengkak (190 kalori, 7 gram lemak) Starbucks latte.

"Ini memerlukan beberapa tekaan pemakanan daripada makan di luar," kata Karen Novak, pendidik pemakanan pesakit luar di Pusat Perubatan St. Vincent di Bridgeport. "Orang dapat menghilangkan sejumlah besar kalori dari makanan mereka dengan cara ini."

Namun, ada pihak yang ragu-ragu tentang seberapa besar kesan undang-undang itu. Walaupun Kirk berpendapat pelabelan menu akan membantunya menjadi pemakan yang lebih pintar, dia ragu ia akan memberi banyak kesan kepada mereka yang tidak peduli dengan risiko kesihatan yang berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

"Sekiranya seseorang benar-benar memperhatikan berat badan mereka, saya rasa ia akan membuat perbezaan," katanya.

Tetapi, dia menunjukkan bahawa banyak orang tidak peduli untuk mengubah kebiasaan makan mereka. "Saya berjalan di jalan dan banyak orang berlebihan berat badan dan sepertinya tidak mempedulikannya," kata Kirk.

Sebilangan penduduk kawasan di luar Starbucks on White Plains Road di Trumbull juga mempunyai pendapat bercampur mengenai pelabelan menu. Brian Walsh, dari Trumbull, mengatakan dia tidak menganggap pelabelan menu diperlukan, sambil menambah bahawa, jika orang benar-benar prihatin untuk membuat pilihan yang sihat, mereka akan mencari jalan untuk melakukannya.

"Orang harus membuat pilihan mereka sendiri," katanya. "Saya rasa orang cukup pintar untuk mengetahui, ketika mereka pergi ke restoran makanan segera, nilai gizi dari apa yang mereka makan. Saya rasa (pelabelan menu adalah) cara pemerintah mencuba dan mengendalikan lebih banyak lagi."

Tetapi Jill Driscoll, dari Stratford. dan Kim Edwards. dari Shelton. tidak setuju. "Itu bukan perkara buruk, untuk membiarkan orang tahu apa yang mereka makan," kata Driscoll. Edwards setuju dan, seperti Kirk, menunjukkan bahawa sesuatu yang kelihatan sihat - seperti salad - dapat dipenuhi dengan kalori. "Saya fikir ia akan mendidik orang," kata Edwards.

Secara tempatan, ada usaha selama beberapa tahun terakhir untuk mewajibkan pelabelan menu di restoran rantaian di seluruh Connecticut. Rang undang-undang yang akan dilakukan yang benar-benar meluluskan Badan Perundangan negara, tetapi telah diveto oleh Pemerintah M. Jodi Rell tahun lalu. Pada saat itu, Rell mengatakan dia menembaknya karena khawatir akan kesannya terhadap perniagaan kawasan, dan melihat makanan yang sihat sebagai sesuatu yang harus diatur oleh akal sehat, bukan perundangan.

Namun, banyak di industri restoran senang dengan undang-undang baru, termasuk Rich Jeffers, jurucakap Orlando, Darden Restaurants yang berpusat di Fla. Darden adalah syarikat induk kepada beberapa rangkaian terkenal, termasuk Red Lobster dan The Olive Garden. Jeffers berkata, undang-undang pelabelan menu yang dibuat secara serantau dapat membingungkan pengunjung dan restoran.

"Kami menyokongnya," katanya. "Ini membolehkan restoran kami di seluruh negara memberikan maklumat yang sama. Ini menjadikannya konsisten untuk para tamu kami juga."

Nicole Griffin, pengarah eksekutif Persatuan Restoran Connecticut, memuji undang-undang itu juga.

Persatuan ini mewakili 600 profesional hospitaliti di 1,000 lokasi di Connecticut. Seperti Jeffers, Griffin mengatakan undang-undang persekutuan akan menawarkan konsistensi yang lebih besar daripada undang-undang pelabelan menu tambal sulam mulai muncul di seluruh negara.

"Pengguna suka melihat maklumat ini," katanya. "Ini hanya menjadikannya seragam di seluruh negara."

Sejumlah negeri, kota, dan daerah telah menerapkan kebijakan seperti ini, termasuk New York City. Bandar ini meletakkan pelabelan menu pada bulan Mac 2008 dan, menurut tinjauan awal, kalori yang dibeli setiap pelanggan menurun di sembilan dari 13 restoran rantaian setelah maklumat pemakanan ditambahkan. Tinjauan itu juga mendapati bahawa pelanggan yang mengatakan bahawa mereka menggunakan maklumat kalori yang disiarkan yang dibeli, rata-rata, 106 kalori lebih sedikit daripada mereka yang tidak menyedari atau tidak menggunakan maklumat tersebut.

Setelah undang-undang pelabelan menu persekutuan berkuatkuasa, undang-undang ini akan menggantikan undang-undang di seluruh negeri dan wilayah seperti undang-undang di New York.


Undang-undang baru menghendaki restoran menghantar maklumat pemakanan

Chris Kirk tahu bahawa terdapat banyak kalori tersembunyi di luar sana, hanya menunggu untuk menyerang.

Kirk, yang memiliki francais 1-800-GOT-JUNK di Stratford, mempunyai pekerjaan yang membuat dia terus maju. Akibatnya, dia sering mengambil makanannya dan pergi. Kirk menganggarkan bahawa dia makan di rantai makanan segera seperti Burger King dan Pizza Hut sekurang-kurangnya beberapa kali seminggu. Dia tidak menyukai barang itu, tetapi menganggapnya sebagai kejahatan yang diperlukan.

Kirk juga berusia 43 tahun dan sampai ke tahap di mana dia merasa lebih sukar untuk mengekalkan berat badannya. Dia berusaha membuat pilihan yang agak sihat ketika makan, walaupun itu sukar. "Saya tahu ada banyak makanan siluman di luar sana yang kelihatan sihat tetapi tidak," katanya.

Dalam masa terdekat, Kirk dan yang lain yang menjaga restoran rantaian dapat sedikit lebih banyak bantuan dalam memisahkan makanan yang benar-benar rendah kalori dari mereka yang berpura-pura.

Rang undang-undang pembaharuan penjagaan kesihatan yang ditandatangani Presiden Barack Obama bulan lalu menghendaki restoran berantai - yang didefinisikan sebagai restoran dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih - menyiarkan kandungan kalori dari persembahan mereka di menu atau papan menu. Syarikat juga diminta untuk menghantar maklumat mengenai bagaimana kandungan kalori item menu tertentu bertentangan dengan keperluan kalori harian. Maklumat pemakanan lain, seperti kandungan lemak dan kandungan karbohidrat, mesti tersedia atas permintaan. Item yang tidak disenaraikan di menu, seperti spesial sementara atau pesanan khusus, akan dikecualikan dari garis panduan.

Pelabelan itu akan berkuatkuasa pada tahun depan.

Undang-undang persekutuan telah disanjung oleh penyokong kesihatan dan perwakilan industri restoran, yang keduanya melihat undang-undang itu sebagai cara untuk membuat pelanggan lebih berpendidikan mengenai pilihan makanan. Objektif perundangan adalah untuk membantu membendung krisis obesiti yang semakin meningkat di Amerika Syarikat.

Menurut Pusat Statistik Kesihatan Nasional, 34 peratus orang Amerika yang berumur 20 tahun ke atas dianggap gemuk, dan 67 peratus dari mereka yang berada dalam kumpulan umur itu berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

Ramai penyokong kesihatan percaya bahawa catatan jumlah kalori dapat membuat pengunjung berfikir dua kali sebelum merendahkan bahawa (540 kalori, 29 gram lemak) Big Mac atau membengkak (190 kalori, 7 gram lemak) Starbucks latte.

"Ini memerlukan beberapa tekaan pemakanan daripada makan di luar," kata Karen Novak, pendidik pemakanan pesakit luar di Pusat Perubatan St. Vincent di Bridgeport. "Orang dapat menghilangkan sejumlah besar kalori dari makanan mereka dengan cara ini."

Namun, ada pihak yang ragu-ragu tentang seberapa besar kesan undang-undang itu. Walaupun Kirk berpendapat pelabelan menu akan membantunya menjadi pemakan yang lebih pintar, dia ragu ia akan memberi banyak kesan kepada mereka yang tidak peduli dengan risiko kesihatan yang berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

"Sekiranya seseorang benar-benar memperhatikan berat badan mereka, saya rasa ia akan membuat perbezaan," katanya.

Tetapi, dia menunjukkan bahawa banyak orang tidak peduli untuk mengubah kebiasaan makan mereka. "Saya berjalan di jalan dan banyak orang berlebihan berat badan dan sepertinya tidak mempedulikannya," kata Kirk.

Sebilangan penduduk kawasan di luar Starbucks on White Plains Road di Trumbull juga mempunyai pendapat bercampur mengenai pelabelan menu. Brian Walsh, dari Trumbull, mengatakan dia tidak menganggap pelabelan menu diperlukan, sambil menambah bahawa, jika orang benar-benar prihatin untuk membuat pilihan yang sihat, mereka akan mencari jalan untuk melakukannya.

"Orang harus membuat pilihan mereka sendiri," katanya. "Saya rasa orang cukup pintar untuk mengetahui, ketika mereka pergi ke restoran makanan segera, nilai gizi dari apa yang mereka makan. Saya rasa (pelabelan menu adalah) cara pemerintah mencuba dan mengendalikan lebih banyak lagi."

Tetapi Jill Driscoll, dari Stratford. dan Kim Edwards. dari Shelton. tidak setuju. "Itu bukan perkara buruk, untuk membiarkan orang tahu apa yang mereka makan," kata Driscoll. Edwards setuju dan, seperti Kirk, menunjukkan bahawa sesuatu yang kelihatan sihat - seperti salad - dapat dipenuhi dengan kalori. "Saya fikir ia akan mendidik orang," kata Edwards.

Secara tempatan, ada usaha selama beberapa tahun terakhir untuk mewajibkan pelabelan menu di restoran rantaian di seluruh Connecticut. Rang undang-undang yang akan dilakukan yang benar-benar meluluskan Badan Perundangan negara, tetapi telah diveto oleh Pemerintah M. Jodi Rell tahun lalu. Pada saat itu, Rell mengatakan dia menembaknya karena dia khawatir akan kesannya terhadap perniagaan daerah, dan melihat makanan yang sihat sebagai sesuatu yang harus diatur oleh akal sehat, bukan perundangan.

Namun, banyak di industri restoran senang dengan undang-undang baru, termasuk Rich Jeffers, jurucakap Orlando, Darden Restaurants yang berpusat di Fla. Darden adalah syarikat induk kepada beberapa rangkaian terkenal, termasuk Red Lobster dan The Olive Garden. Jeffers mengatakan undang-undang pelabelan menu yang dibuat secara serantau dapat membingungkan pengunjung dan restoran.

"Kami menyokongnya," katanya. "Ini membolehkan restoran kami di seluruh negara memberikan maklumat yang sama. Ini menjadikannya konsisten untuk para tamu kami juga."

Nicole Griffin, pengarah eksekutif Persatuan Restoran Connecticut, memuji undang-undang itu juga.

Persatuan ini mewakili 600 profesional hospitaliti di 1,000 lokasi di Connecticut. Seperti Jeffers, Griffin mengatakan undang-undang persekutuan akan menawarkan konsistensi yang lebih besar daripada undang-undang pelabelan menu tambal sulam mulai muncul di seluruh negara.

"Pengguna suka melihat maklumat ini," katanya. "Ini hanya menjadikannya seragam di seluruh negara."

Sejumlah negeri, kota, dan daerah telah menerapkan kebijakan seperti ini, termasuk New York City. Bandar ini meletakkan pelabelan menu pada bulan Mac 2008 dan, menurut tinjauan awal, kalori yang dibeli setiap pelanggan menurun di sembilan dari 13 restoran rantaian setelah maklumat pemakanan ditambahkan. Tinjauan itu juga mendapati bahawa pelanggan yang mengatakan bahawa mereka menggunakan maklumat kalori yang disiarkan yang dibeli, rata-rata, 106 kalori lebih sedikit daripada mereka yang tidak menyedari atau tidak menggunakan maklumat tersebut.

Setelah undang-undang pelabelan menu persekutuan berkuatkuasa, undang-undang ini akan menggantikan undang-undang di seluruh negeri dan wilayah seperti undang-undang di New York.


Undang-undang baru menghendaki restoran menghantar maklumat pemakanan

Chris Kirk tahu bahawa terdapat banyak kalori tersembunyi di luar sana, hanya menunggu untuk menyerang.

Kirk, yang memiliki francais 1-800-GOT-JUNK di Stratford, mempunyai pekerjaan yang membuat dia terus maju. Akibatnya, dia sering mengambil makanannya dan pergi. Kirk menganggarkan bahawa dia makan di rantai makanan segera seperti Burger King dan Pizza Hut sekurang-kurangnya beberapa kali seminggu. Dia tidak menyukai barang itu, tetapi menganggapnya sebagai kejahatan yang diperlukan.

Kirk juga berusia 43 tahun dan sampai ke tahap di mana dia merasa lebih sukar untuk mengekalkan berat badannya. Dia berusaha untuk membuat pilihan yang agak sihat ketika dia makan, walaupun itu sukar. "Saya tahu ada banyak makanan siluman di luar sana yang kelihatan sihat tetapi tidak," katanya.

Dalam masa terdekat, Kirk dan yang lain yang menjaga restoran rantaian dapat sedikit lebih banyak bantuan dalam memisahkan makanan yang benar-benar rendah kalori dari mereka yang berpura-pura.

Rang undang-undang pembaharuan penjagaan kesihatan yang ditandatangani Presiden Barack Obama bulan lalu menghendaki restoran berantai - yang didefinisikan sebagai restoran dengan 20 lokasi atau lebih - menyiarkan kandungan kalori dari persembahan mereka di menu atau papan menu. Syarikat juga diminta untuk menghantar maklumat mengenai bagaimana kandungan kalori item menu tertentu bertentangan dengan keperluan kalori harian. Maklumat pemakanan lain, seperti kandungan lemak dan kandungan karbohidrat, mesti tersedia atas permintaan. Item yang tidak disenaraikan di menu, seperti pesanan sementara atau pesanan khusus, akan dikecualikan dari panduan.

Pelabelan itu akan berkuatkuasa pada tahun depan.

Undang-undang persekutuan telah disanjung oleh penyokong kesihatan dan perwakilan industri restoran, yang keduanya melihat undang-undang itu sebagai cara untuk membuat pelanggan lebih berpendidikan mengenai pilihan makanan. Objektif perundangan adalah untuk membantu membendung krisis obesiti yang semakin meningkat di Amerika Syarikat.

Menurut Pusat Statistik Kesihatan Nasional, 34 peratus orang Amerika yang berumur 20 tahun ke atas dianggap gemuk, dan 67 peratus dari mereka yang berada dalam kumpulan usia itu berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

Ramai penyokong kesihatan percaya bahawa catatan jumlah kalori dapat membuat pengunjung berfikir dua kali sebelum merendahkan bahawa (540 kalori, 29 gram lemak) Big Mac atau membengkak (190 kalori, 7 gram lemak) Starbucks latte.

"Ini memerlukan beberapa tekaan pemakanan daripada makan di luar," kata Karen Novak, pendidik pemakanan pesakit luar di Pusat Perubatan St. Vincent di Bridgeport. "Orang dapat menghilangkan sejumlah besar kalori dari makanan mereka dengan cara ini."

Namun, ada pihak yang ragu-ragu tentang seberapa besar kesan undang-undang itu. Walaupun Kirk berpendapat pelabelan menu akan membantunya menjadi pemakan yang lebih pintar, dia ragu ia akan memberi banyak kesan kepada mereka yang tidak peduli dengan risiko kesihatan yang berlebihan berat badan atau gemuk.

"Sekiranya seseorang benar-benar memperhatikan berat badan mereka, saya rasa ia akan membuat perbezaan," katanya.

Tetapi, dia menunjukkan bahawa banyak orang tidak peduli untuk mengubah kebiasaan makan mereka. "Saya berjalan di jalan dan banyak orang berlebihan berat badan dan sepertinya tidak mempedulikannya," kata Kirk.

Sebilangan penduduk kawasan di luar Starbucks on White Plains Road di Trumbull juga mempunyai pendapat bercampur mengenai pelabelan menu. Brian Walsh, dari Trumbull, mengatakan dia tidak menganggap pelabelan menu diperlukan, sambil menambah bahawa, jika orang benar-benar prihatin untuk membuat pilihan yang sihat, mereka akan mencari jalan untuk melakukannya.

"Orang harus membuat pilihan mereka sendiri," katanya. "Saya rasa orang cukup pintar untuk mengetahui, ketika mereka pergi ke restoran makanan segera, nilai gizi dari apa yang mereka makan. Saya rasa (pelabelan menu adalah) cara pemerintah mencuba dan mengendalikan lebih banyak lagi."

Tetapi Jill Driscoll, dari Stratford. dan Kim Edwards. dari Shelton. tidak setuju. "Itu bukan perkara buruk, untuk memberitahu orang tahu apa yang mereka makan," kata Driscoll. Edwards setuju dan, seperti Kirk, menunjukkan bahawa sesuatu yang kelihatan sihat - seperti salad - dapat dipenuhi dengan kalori. "Saya fikir ia akan mendidik orang," kata Edwards.

Secara tempatan, ada usaha selama beberapa tahun terakhir untuk mewajibkan pelabelan menu di restoran rantaian di seluruh Connecticut. Rang undang-undang yang akan dilakukan yang benar-benar meluluskan Badan Perundangan negara, tetapi telah diveto oleh Pemerintah M. Jodi Rell tahun lalu. Pada saat itu, Rell mengatakan dia menembaknya karena khawatir akan kesannya terhadap perniagaan daerah, dan melihat makanan yang sihat sebagai sesuatu yang harus diatur oleh akal sehat, bukan perundangan.

Namun, banyak di industri restoran senang dengan undang-undang baru, termasuk Rich Jeffers, jurucakap Orlando, Darden Restaurants yang berpusat di Fla. Darden adalah syarikat induk kepada beberapa rangkaian terkenal, termasuk Red Lobster dan The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


New law requires restaurants to post nutrition information

Chris Kirk knows that there are a lot of hidden calories out there, just waiting to strike.

Kirk, who owns a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in Stratford, has a job that keeps him on the road a lot. As a result, he often has to grab his food and go. Kirk estimates that he eats at fast food chains like Burger King and Pizza Hut at least a few times a week. He doesn't love the stuff, but considers it a necessary evil.

Kirk is also 43 and getting to the point where he's finding it harder to maintain his weight. He tries to make relatively healthy choices when he eats out, though that can be difficult. "I know there are a lot of stealth foods out there that appear healthy but are not," he said.

In the near future, Kirk and others who patronize chain restaurant could get a little more help in separating the truly low-calorie meals from the pretenders.

The health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month requires that chain restaurants -- defined as eateries with 20 locations or more -- post the calorie content of their offerings on menus or menu boards. The establishments are also required to post information on how a certain menu item's calorie content stacks up against daily calorie requirements. Other nutritional information, such as fat content and carbohydrate content, must be available upon request. Items that aren't listed on the menus, like temporary specials or custom orders, would be exempt from the guidelines.

The labeling could go into effect as soon as next year.

The federal law has been cheered by health advocates and representatives of the restaurant industry, both of whom see the legislation as a way to make customers better educated about food choices. The objective of the legislation is to help curb the growing obesity crisis in the United States.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of Americans age 20 or older are considered obese, and 67 percent of those in that age group are either overweight or obese.

Many health advocates believe posting calorie counts could make diners think twice before wolfing down that (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) Big Mac or swilling that (190 calorie, 7 grams of fat) Starbucks latte.

"It takes some of the nutritional guesswork out of eating out," said Karen Novak, outpatient nutrition educator at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "People can eliminate a significant amount of calories from their diet this way."

However, there are those who are skeptical about how big the law's impact will truly be. Though Kirk thinks the menu-labeling will help him be a smarter eater, he doubts it will have much of an impact on those who don't care about the health risks of being overweight or obese.

"If somebody really is watching their weight, I think it's going to make a difference," he said.

But, he pointed out that many people don't care about changing their eating habits. "I walk down the street and a lot of people are overweight and don't seem to mind it," Kirk said.

A few area residents outside the Starbucks on White Plains Road in Trumbull also had mixed opinions on menu-labeling. Brian Walsh, of Trumbull, said he doesn't think menu-labeling is necessary, adding that, if people are truly concerned about making healthy choices, they'll find a way to do it.

"People should make their own choices," he said. "I think people are smart enough to know, when they go to a fast food restaurant, the nutritional value of what they're eating. I think (menu-labeling is) a way for the government to try and control more."

But Jill Driscoll, of Stratford. and Kim Edwards. of Shelton. disagreed. "That's not a bad thing, to let people know what's in what they're eating," Driscoll said. Edwards agreed and, like Kirk, pointed out that something looks healthy -- like a salad -- can be loaded with calories. "I think it would educate people," Edwards said.

Locally, there have been efforts over the past few years to mandate menu labeling at chain restaurants throughout Connecticut. A bill that would have done just that actually passed the state Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell last year. At the time, Rell said she shot it down because she was concerned about the impact it might have on area businesses, and saw healthy eating as something that should be governed by common sense, not legislation.

However, many in the restaurant industry are happy with the new law, including Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants. Darden is a parent company to several well-known chains, including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


New law requires restaurants to post nutrition information

Chris Kirk knows that there are a lot of hidden calories out there, just waiting to strike.

Kirk, who owns a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in Stratford, has a job that keeps him on the road a lot. As a result, he often has to grab his food and go. Kirk estimates that he eats at fast food chains like Burger King and Pizza Hut at least a few times a week. He doesn't love the stuff, but considers it a necessary evil.

Kirk is also 43 and getting to the point where he's finding it harder to maintain his weight. He tries to make relatively healthy choices when he eats out, though that can be difficult. "I know there are a lot of stealth foods out there that appear healthy but are not," he said.

In the near future, Kirk and others who patronize chain restaurant could get a little more help in separating the truly low-calorie meals from the pretenders.

The health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month requires that chain restaurants -- defined as eateries with 20 locations or more -- post the calorie content of their offerings on menus or menu boards. The establishments are also required to post information on how a certain menu item's calorie content stacks up against daily calorie requirements. Other nutritional information, such as fat content and carbohydrate content, must be available upon request. Items that aren't listed on the menus, like temporary specials or custom orders, would be exempt from the guidelines.

The labeling could go into effect as soon as next year.

The federal law has been cheered by health advocates and representatives of the restaurant industry, both of whom see the legislation as a way to make customers better educated about food choices. The objective of the legislation is to help curb the growing obesity crisis in the United States.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of Americans age 20 or older are considered obese, and 67 percent of those in that age group are either overweight or obese.

Many health advocates believe posting calorie counts could make diners think twice before wolfing down that (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) Big Mac or swilling that (190 calorie, 7 grams of fat) Starbucks latte.

"It takes some of the nutritional guesswork out of eating out," said Karen Novak, outpatient nutrition educator at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "People can eliminate a significant amount of calories from their diet this way."

However, there are those who are skeptical about how big the law's impact will truly be. Though Kirk thinks the menu-labeling will help him be a smarter eater, he doubts it will have much of an impact on those who don't care about the health risks of being overweight or obese.

"If somebody really is watching their weight, I think it's going to make a difference," he said.

But, he pointed out that many people don't care about changing their eating habits. "I walk down the street and a lot of people are overweight and don't seem to mind it," Kirk said.

A few area residents outside the Starbucks on White Plains Road in Trumbull also had mixed opinions on menu-labeling. Brian Walsh, of Trumbull, said he doesn't think menu-labeling is necessary, adding that, if people are truly concerned about making healthy choices, they'll find a way to do it.

"People should make their own choices," he said. "I think people are smart enough to know, when they go to a fast food restaurant, the nutritional value of what they're eating. I think (menu-labeling is) a way for the government to try and control more."

But Jill Driscoll, of Stratford. and Kim Edwards. of Shelton. disagreed. "That's not a bad thing, to let people know what's in what they're eating," Driscoll said. Edwards agreed and, like Kirk, pointed out that something looks healthy -- like a salad -- can be loaded with calories. "I think it would educate people," Edwards said.

Locally, there have been efforts over the past few years to mandate menu labeling at chain restaurants throughout Connecticut. A bill that would have done just that actually passed the state Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell last year. At the time, Rell said she shot it down because she was concerned about the impact it might have on area businesses, and saw healthy eating as something that should be governed by common sense, not legislation.

However, many in the restaurant industry are happy with the new law, including Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants. Darden is a parent company to several well-known chains, including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


New law requires restaurants to post nutrition information

Chris Kirk knows that there are a lot of hidden calories out there, just waiting to strike.

Kirk, who owns a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in Stratford, has a job that keeps him on the road a lot. As a result, he often has to grab his food and go. Kirk estimates that he eats at fast food chains like Burger King and Pizza Hut at least a few times a week. He doesn't love the stuff, but considers it a necessary evil.

Kirk is also 43 and getting to the point where he's finding it harder to maintain his weight. He tries to make relatively healthy choices when he eats out, though that can be difficult. "I know there are a lot of stealth foods out there that appear healthy but are not," he said.

In the near future, Kirk and others who patronize chain restaurant could get a little more help in separating the truly low-calorie meals from the pretenders.

The health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month requires that chain restaurants -- defined as eateries with 20 locations or more -- post the calorie content of their offerings on menus or menu boards. The establishments are also required to post information on how a certain menu item's calorie content stacks up against daily calorie requirements. Other nutritional information, such as fat content and carbohydrate content, must be available upon request. Items that aren't listed on the menus, like temporary specials or custom orders, would be exempt from the guidelines.

The labeling could go into effect as soon as next year.

The federal law has been cheered by health advocates and representatives of the restaurant industry, both of whom see the legislation as a way to make customers better educated about food choices. The objective of the legislation is to help curb the growing obesity crisis in the United States.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of Americans age 20 or older are considered obese, and 67 percent of those in that age group are either overweight or obese.

Many health advocates believe posting calorie counts could make diners think twice before wolfing down that (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) Big Mac or swilling that (190 calorie, 7 grams of fat) Starbucks latte.

"It takes some of the nutritional guesswork out of eating out," said Karen Novak, outpatient nutrition educator at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "People can eliminate a significant amount of calories from their diet this way."

However, there are those who are skeptical about how big the law's impact will truly be. Though Kirk thinks the menu-labeling will help him be a smarter eater, he doubts it will have much of an impact on those who don't care about the health risks of being overweight or obese.

"If somebody really is watching their weight, I think it's going to make a difference," he said.

But, he pointed out that many people don't care about changing their eating habits. "I walk down the street and a lot of people are overweight and don't seem to mind it," Kirk said.

A few area residents outside the Starbucks on White Plains Road in Trumbull also had mixed opinions on menu-labeling. Brian Walsh, of Trumbull, said he doesn't think menu-labeling is necessary, adding that, if people are truly concerned about making healthy choices, they'll find a way to do it.

"People should make their own choices," he said. "I think people are smart enough to know, when they go to a fast food restaurant, the nutritional value of what they're eating. I think (menu-labeling is) a way for the government to try and control more."

But Jill Driscoll, of Stratford. and Kim Edwards. of Shelton. disagreed. "That's not a bad thing, to let people know what's in what they're eating," Driscoll said. Edwards agreed and, like Kirk, pointed out that something looks healthy -- like a salad -- can be loaded with calories. "I think it would educate people," Edwards said.

Locally, there have been efforts over the past few years to mandate menu labeling at chain restaurants throughout Connecticut. A bill that would have done just that actually passed the state Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell last year. At the time, Rell said she shot it down because she was concerned about the impact it might have on area businesses, and saw healthy eating as something that should be governed by common sense, not legislation.

However, many in the restaurant industry are happy with the new law, including Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants. Darden is a parent company to several well-known chains, including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


New law requires restaurants to post nutrition information

Chris Kirk knows that there are a lot of hidden calories out there, just waiting to strike.

Kirk, who owns a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in Stratford, has a job that keeps him on the road a lot. As a result, he often has to grab his food and go. Kirk estimates that he eats at fast food chains like Burger King and Pizza Hut at least a few times a week. He doesn't love the stuff, but considers it a necessary evil.

Kirk is also 43 and getting to the point where he's finding it harder to maintain his weight. He tries to make relatively healthy choices when he eats out, though that can be difficult. "I know there are a lot of stealth foods out there that appear healthy but are not," he said.

In the near future, Kirk and others who patronize chain restaurant could get a little more help in separating the truly low-calorie meals from the pretenders.

The health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month requires that chain restaurants -- defined as eateries with 20 locations or more -- post the calorie content of their offerings on menus or menu boards. The establishments are also required to post information on how a certain menu item's calorie content stacks up against daily calorie requirements. Other nutritional information, such as fat content and carbohydrate content, must be available upon request. Items that aren't listed on the menus, like temporary specials or custom orders, would be exempt from the guidelines.

The labeling could go into effect as soon as next year.

The federal law has been cheered by health advocates and representatives of the restaurant industry, both of whom see the legislation as a way to make customers better educated about food choices. The objective of the legislation is to help curb the growing obesity crisis in the United States.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of Americans age 20 or older are considered obese, and 67 percent of those in that age group are either overweight or obese.

Many health advocates believe posting calorie counts could make diners think twice before wolfing down that (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) Big Mac or swilling that (190 calorie, 7 grams of fat) Starbucks latte.

"It takes some of the nutritional guesswork out of eating out," said Karen Novak, outpatient nutrition educator at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "People can eliminate a significant amount of calories from their diet this way."

However, there are those who are skeptical about how big the law's impact will truly be. Though Kirk thinks the menu-labeling will help him be a smarter eater, he doubts it will have much of an impact on those who don't care about the health risks of being overweight or obese.

"If somebody really is watching their weight, I think it's going to make a difference," he said.

But, he pointed out that many people don't care about changing their eating habits. "I walk down the street and a lot of people are overweight and don't seem to mind it," Kirk said.

A few area residents outside the Starbucks on White Plains Road in Trumbull also had mixed opinions on menu-labeling. Brian Walsh, of Trumbull, said he doesn't think menu-labeling is necessary, adding that, if people are truly concerned about making healthy choices, they'll find a way to do it.

"People should make their own choices," he said. "I think people are smart enough to know, when they go to a fast food restaurant, the nutritional value of what they're eating. I think (menu-labeling is) a way for the government to try and control more."

But Jill Driscoll, of Stratford. and Kim Edwards. of Shelton. disagreed. "That's not a bad thing, to let people know what's in what they're eating," Driscoll said. Edwards agreed and, like Kirk, pointed out that something looks healthy -- like a salad -- can be loaded with calories. "I think it would educate people," Edwards said.

Locally, there have been efforts over the past few years to mandate menu labeling at chain restaurants throughout Connecticut. A bill that would have done just that actually passed the state Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell last year. At the time, Rell said she shot it down because she was concerned about the impact it might have on area businesses, and saw healthy eating as something that should be governed by common sense, not legislation.

However, many in the restaurant industry are happy with the new law, including Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants. Darden is a parent company to several well-known chains, including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


New law requires restaurants to post nutrition information

Chris Kirk knows that there are a lot of hidden calories out there, just waiting to strike.

Kirk, who owns a 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise in Stratford, has a job that keeps him on the road a lot. As a result, he often has to grab his food and go. Kirk estimates that he eats at fast food chains like Burger King and Pizza Hut at least a few times a week. He doesn't love the stuff, but considers it a necessary evil.

Kirk is also 43 and getting to the point where he's finding it harder to maintain his weight. He tries to make relatively healthy choices when he eats out, though that can be difficult. "I know there are a lot of stealth foods out there that appear healthy but are not," he said.

In the near future, Kirk and others who patronize chain restaurant could get a little more help in separating the truly low-calorie meals from the pretenders.

The health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month requires that chain restaurants -- defined as eateries with 20 locations or more -- post the calorie content of their offerings on menus or menu boards. The establishments are also required to post information on how a certain menu item's calorie content stacks up against daily calorie requirements. Other nutritional information, such as fat content and carbohydrate content, must be available upon request. Items that aren't listed on the menus, like temporary specials or custom orders, would be exempt from the guidelines.

The labeling could go into effect as soon as next year.

The federal law has been cheered by health advocates and representatives of the restaurant industry, both of whom see the legislation as a way to make customers better educated about food choices. The objective of the legislation is to help curb the growing obesity crisis in the United States.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of Americans age 20 or older are considered obese, and 67 percent of those in that age group are either overweight or obese.

Many health advocates believe posting calorie counts could make diners think twice before wolfing down that (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) Big Mac or swilling that (190 calorie, 7 grams of fat) Starbucks latte.

"It takes some of the nutritional guesswork out of eating out," said Karen Novak, outpatient nutrition educator at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "People can eliminate a significant amount of calories from their diet this way."

However, there are those who are skeptical about how big the law's impact will truly be. Though Kirk thinks the menu-labeling will help him be a smarter eater, he doubts it will have much of an impact on those who don't care about the health risks of being overweight or obese.

"If somebody really is watching their weight, I think it's going to make a difference," he said.

But, he pointed out that many people don't care about changing their eating habits. "I walk down the street and a lot of people are overweight and don't seem to mind it," Kirk said.

A few area residents outside the Starbucks on White Plains Road in Trumbull also had mixed opinions on menu-labeling. Brian Walsh, of Trumbull, said he doesn't think menu-labeling is necessary, adding that, if people are truly concerned about making healthy choices, they'll find a way to do it.

"People should make their own choices," he said. "I think people are smart enough to know, when they go to a fast food restaurant, the nutritional value of what they're eating. I think (menu-labeling is) a way for the government to try and control more."

But Jill Driscoll, of Stratford. and Kim Edwards. of Shelton. disagreed. "That's not a bad thing, to let people know what's in what they're eating," Driscoll said. Edwards agreed and, like Kirk, pointed out that something looks healthy -- like a salad -- can be loaded with calories. "I think it would educate people," Edwards said.

Locally, there have been efforts over the past few years to mandate menu labeling at chain restaurants throughout Connecticut. A bill that would have done just that actually passed the state Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell last year. At the time, Rell said she shot it down because she was concerned about the impact it might have on area businesses, and saw healthy eating as something that should be governed by common sense, not legislation.

However, many in the restaurant industry are happy with the new law, including Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants. Darden is a parent company to several well-known chains, including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden. Jeffers said piecemeal, regionally based menu labeling laws can be confusing for diners and restaurant chains.

"We support it," he said. "It allows for our restaurants across the country to provide the same information. It makes it consistent for our guests as well."

Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, applauded the legislation as well.

The association represents 600 hospitality professionals at 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. Like Jeffers, Griffin said the federal legislation will offer greater consistency than the patchwork menu-labeling laws starting to emerge across the nation.

"Consumers like to see this information," she said. "This just helps make it uniform across the country."

A number of states, cities, and counties have already instituted policies of this sort, including New York City. The city put menu labeling into effect in March 2008 and, according to a preliminary survey, calories purchased per customer decreased at nine out of 13 chain restaurants after the nutrition information was added. The survey also found that customers who said they used the posted calorie information bought, on average, 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice or didn't use the information.

Once the federal menu labeling law goes into effect, it will supersede statewide and regional laws like the one in New York.


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  1. Sherlock

    Saya percaya anda salah. Saya pasti. Saya bercadang untuk membincangkannya. Tulis kepada saya di PM, bercakap.

  2. Truesdell

    You know that every effect has its causes. Everything happens, everything that happens is all for the best. If it were not for this, it is not a fact that it would be better.

  3. Kajijind

    Saya benar -benar bersetuju dengan anda. There is something in this and a good idea, I agree with you.

  4. Bragor

    Norm

  5. Faebar

    berkesan?



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