Labeling Calories, Saturated Fat and Sodium on Restaurant Menus Leads to Lower Levels of Each

One of the many policies included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a requirement that chain restaurants list the calories, saturated fat, and sodium levels in their offerings.

A study just published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the Journal of the American Dietetic Association) demonstrates that when forced to list the amounts of these problematic dietray components, restaurants change their recipes so that they contain lower amounts.

This is not rocket science. It’s common sense. Unless required to do the right thing, corporations will too often keep doing the wrong thing.

People should have the right to know what’s in their food.

Bruemmer B, Krieger J, Saelens BE, Chan N. Energy, Saturated Fat, and Sodium Were Lower in Entrées at Chain Restaurants at 18 Months Compared with 6 Months Following the Implementation of Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulation in King County, Washington. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012;112(8):1169-1176.