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US Makes Calorie Counts Mandatory on Menus


US Makes Calorie Counts Mandatory on Menus

Calling obesity a “national epidemic,” the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new rules this week that will require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calorie counts on their menus. The mandate is intended to extend the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which established requirements for nutritional labeling on most packaged food items. Under the new rules, some menu items will be exempt, including seasonal offerings, daily specials, and condiments. Restaurants will be given one year to satisfy the new requirements, and vending machine operators will be given two years. More… Discuss

A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way


A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way

If you were told that you would need to run for 50 minutes or walk five miles (eight kilometers) in order to work off the calories of the soda you were about to buy, would you return it to the shelf? It would seem that being confronted with this sort of information about sugary beverages while shopping does influence buying habits, particularly among teens, and could be a cheap and simple way to combat the growing obesity problem plaguing many countries. More… Discuss


Sports Superstars Endorsing Less-Than-Healthy Fare

To be a top athlete, one must be in peak physical condition, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at many of the products they agree to endorse. About a quarter of the brands endorsed by the 100 top US athletes of 2010 were food and beverage companies, and a vast majority of the player-endorsed products were less than healthy. Nearly 80% of the food products were high in calories and low in nutritional value, and a whopping 93.4% of the beverages had all of their calories come from added sugar. More… Discuss