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PENGUINPIE Posts: 3,146
11/12/12 9:27 A

I just moved to Colorado and was surprised to see the calorie counts on the menus here. They sure didn't have that in Virginia where I lived before. I agree with other posters who said calories/nutritional info shouldn't be the only factor in our decision to eat or not to eat fast food, but I really believe it's a step in the right direction. I hope to see more of this as time goes by.

BEEBEA SparkPoints: (47,240)
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11/12/12 7:55 A

Almost all the fast food places in California had the nutrition facts up! It definitely discouraged me from getting certain items.

IMHEALTHY8 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/12/12 7:35 A

I seldom eat fast food, too much grease

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11/12/12 6:30 A

It is scary when you look and see how many calories are in fast food. In one of Michael Pollan's books, he says that if you want to eat fast food, go ahead....just make it yourself. You will be less inclined to make it because of the work involved. But also if you make it yourself, you know what is in it, and what is not.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (599,871)
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11/12/12 3:43 A

I love that they now post the calories in fast food.

KEELYME Posts: 1,162
11/12/12 12:09 A

The posted calorie count law originated in New York City and it's a godsend. Some of the calorie counts in what one would assume are relatively safe food options are positively obscene.

MUMSWORD Posts: 56
11/11/12 3:09 P

emoticon I have heard people say that food that isn't good for you is cheaper than food that is!

TCANNO SparkPoints: (369,002)
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11/10/12 4:38 A

so that they sell them.

If you look carefully at some of them you can get a bargain

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
11/10/12 1:07 A

Ever noticed the unhealthier options are often cheaper? Why do they keep doing that?!

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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11/9/12 10:40 P

I read a study, I wish I remember where, that tested fast food and actually did the lab testing to see if the calories matched those of what is listed in their nutritional info. The results states that it can vary- site to site and day to day. So if you are counting on something only being 210, it ould actually be 270, so if you have to eat out, leave plenty of wiggle room in your totals so you don't go over, and step up the activity that week.

Best wishes!

KACEYSW Posts: 5,873
11/9/12 10:04 P

I agree with Dids70. I don't trust fast food places (with very few exceptions).

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/9/12 5:30 P

I'm not sure I consider calorie counts as nutritional information alone. I would rather know what GMO's and other garbage they are putting in what they consider food than just the calorie count. Something can be higher in calories and have awesome nutritional value and some can be low in calories and have absolutely no nutritional value ( black coffee for example)
Fast food has never been high in nutritional value. Even the salads can have more calories in them than a small hamburger and fries. I haven't eaten at fast food in ages. Found some old french fries on the floor in my car one day as I was cleaning it out. You know what-- they weren't even moldy. they were dried out, but no mold. Found a hamburger in my nephews toybox a few years ago. We went to mcdonalds two weeks before. the bun nor the burger were moldy. Can't be real food. disgusting. And I was putting that crap in my body and my nephews body? UGH.

MUMSWORD Posts: 56
11/9/12 3:57 P

Me too, I am glad about them showing it on the outside board as you order (not just inside or on a napkin after you order it)! emoticon I hope I get to the point of not eating fast food like that for sure. *LOL* on the knowing of fattening french fries like that! emoticon I knew they were fattening, but honestly didn't know how many calories! It really adds up. I haven't eaten fries in about a year either. I think bringing healthy food along is a great idea! There are those times here, that I find myself there because of others.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (256,146)
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11/9/12 1:35 P

I very rarely eat fast food (haven't in years), but I'm glad to see nutirition info availalbe for those who do.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,401)
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11/9/12 1:18 P


If you're interested in learning more about how many calories are in fast food recipes, check out this book. It's called Eat This, Not That. it's on all the best seller lists. It will tell you what are better choices to eat if you do like eating at fast food places.

here's an example.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/9/12 1:14 P

It's actually going to be federal law, any establishment (includes sit down restaurants) with more than 20 locations has to print the calorie information on menus.

But really, did you REALLY think french fries and other stuff at fast food places weren't high calorie?

JENNN77 SparkPoints: (144,736)
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11/9/12 12:33 P

I've looked up the calories if I know I can't avoid going to a fast food place. Good to know the calories are on the menus now too. I always knew the fast food would be high, but I'm still amazed that even simple restaurant food can be so high in fat and calories. You don't need to drench the vegetables in oil or butter to cook them!

ILMEL1957 Posts: 2,490
11/9/12 8:31 A

I hardly ever visit fast food places anymore. My sister and I did go to McDonalds a few months ago just for coffee,and that was the first time I knew about the nutrition (or lack of it) It's a wake up call for those of us who are in denial. I just love fast food fries, but when I think of the calories,fat and salt in them, it makes me think twice when I order.

My daughter and I are going to be spending the day out tomorrow goofing around. We are going to pack a healthy lunch to take with us so that we won't be tempted to stop somewhere unhealthy to eat.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
11/9/12 8:17 A

cool -- finally getting the right information out to the public -- being a realist -- are these calories accurate?

MUMSWORD Posts: 56
11/9/12 7:57 A

emoticon Everyone went through the fast food drive-thru and lo and behold CALORIES DISPLAYED ON OUTSIDE SPEAKER BOARD! I was thrilled to see that and was absolutely shocked how many calories are in that food! emoticon Especially those delicious french fries (I say french fries go to my thighs and no thank you)!

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