Calorie counts coming soon to a menu near you

Okay, so the Health Care Reform Bill has finally been signed into law by President Obama. You may or may not know that one of the mandates in the bill is a requirement that chain restaurants with more than 20 units be required to post calorie counts on menus, take-out menus, menu boards, and drive-thru boards.

It sounds like a great idea, but restaurant owners will find it expensive to implement, and designers will find it difficult to work around.

And a couple of questions arise: Will the information be accurate, and will the information make a difference?

If you’re ordering a Whopper, fries and a Coke at the Burger King drive-thru, will seeing that your meal contains 1,400 calories really make you choose a Tendergrill chicken sandwich (hold the mayo), a side salad (hold the dressing), and a Diet Coke at only 520 calories instead?

Actually, maybe it would.

I can help you develop a plan to calculate nutrition information and add it to your menu gracefully.

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