According to Fox 7 TV station, a little-known provision of the new Health Care law is the requirement for chain restaurants to display the nutrition information about the main food items on their menu. This will apply to all chains with over 20 restaurants. The requirement for nutrition labels will also apply to all food sold in vending machines. That should be very beneficial, right? The article calls this controversial. Quoting the article, “knowledge is power” and people should be able to know what they are eating. The Health Care bill has been criticized for many reasons. Nutrition information should not be one of them.
Anti-regulation types say government regulations are bad and place an unnecessary burden on business. The believe in the wisdom of the marketplace. They are committed to the repeal of the Health Care bill, which would repeal this requirement and and plan to do so as soon as possible. The chance of that happening is very small while the Democrats still control the Senate and Presidency.
Some Say the Government is Forcing “Menu Reform”
The article says the requirement is “‘what some are calling ‘menu reform.”‘ The term menu reform infers that the government is forcing the restaurant industry to change the items it serves. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The idea is that the public would eat a healthier diet if it knew the large number of calories and the salt, fat and sugar they are actually eating. The only way the restaurants would be forced to change their menu, would be if the public stopped buying the present fare and demanded healthier food. That would be the wisdom of the marketplace.
People Tend to Go for Good Taste
Most people tend to go for good taste. A few years ago, some chains introduced healthier items which were not very well received by the public. Even though little change may ensue, the public has a right to know what they are eating and a few people may decide to benefit by eating healthier food. This is a controversial topic, but I fail to understand why. This is definitely not a government takeover of the restaurant industry.
A Yahoo Health article lists the “Worst Foods in America, 2010.” A good example is;
“Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta
78 g saturated fat
919 mg sodium
141 g carbohydrates.”
When Sodium Raises Your Blood Pressure, You Need to Know How Much Salt You are Eating
Another example is an individual size pizza with 4,920 mgs of sodium. I am on a low sodium diet and that would be eight days allowance for me. It would raise my blood pressure and that makes this a safety issue also. I realize these dishes taste magnificent, but do some of you readers really believe people do not have a right to know what they are eating?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or medical professional. This article is not to be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Any action taken or not taken as a result of reading this article is taken at your own risk. I am relating my experience and opinion and my opinion could be wrong. Always consult a doctor, nutritionist or medical professional for medical or nutritional advice.
David Zinczenko/”Worst Foods in America, 2010″/Yahoo Health
Fox 7/”Health Care Law: Food Labels”/Fox 7