The Food and Drug Administration is delaying enforcing rules to require chain-restaurants and grocery stores with delis to post a calorie content on their menu until 2017.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Professor Dr. Catherine Champagne understands the challenges restaurants face in posting calorie information on their menu, but it would greatly benefit those who watch their calorie intake.
“It is really a valuable tool. When we have classes for our participants, we will often talk about the best way to prepare for going out to eat is to know what you’re going to get in advance.”
Champagne says the biggest challenge will be enforcing the calorie content rule. She says often times menus change, so it makes it difficult for businesses to have up to date nutritional information.
“What’s right right now may be changed in 6 months. They’re trying to grapple with that, how well they can make that visibility current at all times.”
Champagne believes adding the calorie content of food to menus will only be beneficial for people who care about what they eat. She says those that are conscious of what’s going into their bodies will be the people that pay attention to the labels.
“I think it will make a difference in what people eat when people are concerned about what they eat and unfortunately that’s not 100% of the population.”