Wondering how many calories are in your favorite breakfast muffin?
The goal is to encourage people to make healthier choices, according to federal officials. "Calories are not the only piece of information people need, but they can give people a general idea of the size and a basis for comparing", she said.
A 2016 study reviewing the impact that menu labelling in restaurants had on consumers found the outcome was mixed. That includes movie theater popcorn and drinks in bars.
In 2010, the Obama administration passed a new FDA law as part of the Affordable Care Act.
As of Monday, there's no more delaying. Even for those rare pizza eaters who walk into shops, the long list of options and nutrition data may not help reveal the total nutritional content of their order, since it'd be up to the consumer to do the math: calculating how each topping or customization (e.g. extra cheese or sauce) adds up. "If they're counting calories and they want extra calories, we can get that for them".
Chipotle, which specializes in build-your-own burritos, tacos and salad bowls, provides a breakdown by ingredient. Despite all the work that needs to be done in less than a month, Plautz said he's not anxious.
Calorie counts aren't a cure-all for obesity.
"I think there's so much put on the restaurant owners as it is now".
While implementation of calorie labeling is an important step forward in curbing obesity, more needs to be done. "Almost 40 percent of US adults are obese, and obesity increases risk for heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes".
Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said she's pleased with the law, calling it "a positive impact from a low-priced public policy".
Some studies have shown that menu labels don't affect consumer behavior. "It might actually make you make a better decision", said Mercyhealth Dietitian Elise Remsen.
Soon, you can go to some of your favorite fast food chains and see the number of calories for every item. "If I see a muffin labeling at 700 calories, I share it with friends".
One unidentified man told NBC News that he ate what he wanted, regardless of how many calories were in the meal. "The chips are around 80", he said.
This intervention was borne from a simple observation we made when visiting restaurants that already display calorie counts on their menus. A steak and white cheddar panini racks up 940 calories.
Still, some people are questioning whether a printed labeling count is the best way to address people ordering food.
The calorie labeling rule is opposed by pizza chains and grocery stores that say the rule is overbroad and carries criminal penalties for "misbranding" food. More significantly, the chicken and broccoli pasta at Ruby Tuesday contained 2,060 calories in 2007, and today has 1,439.