NYC is trying (again) to require any chain with more than 15 restaurants in the US to put nutritional information on their menus.

I think it’s interesting that this is happening again and I agree that it’d be good to have that kind of information — not so much for the fast food places (e.g. McDonald’s) but the “fast casual” places that people go to like Applebee’s, Red Lobster, etc. 

I can see though where people wouldn’t think that Applebee’s Santa Fe Chicken Salad has 46.7 g of fat and 672 calories and their Grilled Shrimp ‘n Spinach (small) salad has 22 g of fat and 273 calories.  It would actually surprise them that it’d be better for people to order their Steak and Portabellos with 10 g of fat and 330 calories.  While I’m highlighting Applebee’s, it’s the same case for a lot of restaurants.  Unlike other places, Applebee’s actually has a lot of low-fat and healthy options — so congrats to them for offering healthier options. 

I wonder though if it’ll make an impact because of this study that was released this summer that showed when people went to Subway, they thought sandwiches were always healthier and lower in fat than sandwiches from McDonald’s — even thought they may have more (or the same) amount of fat.  

So it might mean we see restaurants try to change their image (even more) so they’re viewed as the “fast casual” version of Subway — and then people think they’re eating healthier.

It’ll be interesting to watch and see if NYC is able to pass this law.  Of course, I won’t be surprised if they do — they were the first city to pass the trans-fat ban

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