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Continued: As grocers, restaurants bicker, many U.S. menus still lack calorie counts

  • Article by: SANDRA PEDICINI , Orlando Sentinel
  • Last update: May 24, 2013 - 9:33 PM

As originally written, the requirement, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, requires chains with 20 or more restaurants to disclose calories on menus. If customers ask about other nutritional details, such as sodium levels, carbohydrates and saturated fats, the restaurants must provide it in writing.

Health advocates say providing nutritional information will steer people toward more healthful choices. They also expect restaurants to revamp recipes and menu items so customers don’t get caloric sticker shock.

Dustin Moody of Orlando said he first became aware that his coffee beverages had hundreds of calories after seeing a Starbucks menu in New York City. Now he often steers away from the sugary stuff in favor of plain old coffee.

The numbers are “not something I would normally seek out,” said Moody, 29, a marketing manager. “But if it’s there, it’s helpful to know.”

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