Skip to comments.Menus still calorie-laden despite new laws: group
Posted on 05/26/2010 12:15:34 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack in calories, fat and salt, a group that encourages healthy food said on Tuesday.
A pancake breakfast providing 1,380 calories, a single-serve pizza that packs two days' worth of sodium and a pasta dish swimming in four day's worth of fat top a list published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
The group, which "outs" the calorie, fat and sodium counts of America's favorite foods every year, said it looked for evidence that restaurants are trimming back their offerings in the face of new laws and political pressure.
...The food and restaurant industry has been lobbying for self-regulation, arguing that Americans need to control their own eating habits. But the Institute of Medicine says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should start regulating the food industry to help remove salt from food.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Why not require the restaurants to tell the customers which foods actually taste good too?
I mean, we can’t JUST go by the numbers.
Eat your pablum if you want.
CPSI is a Commie rat front group. IMO.
Of course, the nanny staters want to ensure that no one ever has ANY fun.
So what? Everyone knows if you eat that stuff every day you wind up looking like Michael Moore.
"Center for Socialists bent on Public Intimidation"
There, I fixed it.
The Socialists just can’t stand freedom of choice.
Good thing it’s the menu thats full of calories and not the food....
This is actually one I agree with. Obesity is at epidemic proportions and the fatties cause my health insurance premiums to go up. The secret to beating obesity is to eat less and move around more.
Horrors, these evil chains are cramming food down people's throats.
They’ve certainly taken the fun out of eating at the Cheesecake Factory!
“Laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack in calories, fat and salt, a group that encourages healthy food said on Tuesday. “
Well I’ll be dipped in chips. Huda thunkit?
And careless drivers talking on their cell phones and causing accidents make my car insurance go up. Ban cell phones.
Then the nanny government needs to step in and mandate higher prices and smaller portions.
First they came for the smokers....but I was not a smoker...
Then they came for the fatties...but I was not a fattie...
“The secret to beating obesity is to eat less and move around more.”
The Khmer Rouge tried this. Worked great on obesity, but there were side effects.
When the Government starts PAYING MY a FOOD ALLOWANCE....I’ll ask for their advice...until then, well...you know...they can......
reminds me of the old saying:
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink without an EPA water assessment and assorted nutritional labels.”
That’s been tried in a lot of different regimes throughout history.
I wouldn’t doubt that it’s coming to this country, if Christ doesn’t come first, that is.
They’re trying to do just that.
They’re going to “pay for” your medical care,
so they can dictate your lifestyle.
They’re trying to make it impossible for you to be self-sufficient, so anything they provide can be regulated.
Shouldn’t high calorie meals be considered a good buy? You get lots for your money.
“Laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack in calories, fat and salt, a group that encourages healthy food said on Tuesday.”
No one outlawed the making, selling or buying of fast food, why would a few stickers telling me that the food is bad for me stop me from eating it? WHO DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW IT WAS BAD FOR YOU?????
We need to form the “Institute of Stay the F^%@ Out of Our Lives.” A non-profit group intended to counter the ceaseless efforts by leftist authoritarian groups to control the lives of citizens.
You go right ahead and cut down on the calories. I’ll just order two helpings if I really want to pig out.
Or will that be illegal, you flipping busy bodies?
And while we’re at it, lets make sure there are no overweight food stamp recipients. I wouldn’t want my tax dollars to encourage such a thing, would I?
Before long we are going to see a cardswipe system at buffets.
You only get 1000 calories max per meal.
Think the nannystate can’t go there?
The Conservative group, Center for Mind Your Own Business says stay away from my food!.
While I don't want the Government at any level, local, State or Federal, telling me or restaurants how much salt, fat, sugar, calories and so on a dish can contain, I do support the concept of "informed consent".
I do want to know when I go to a restaurant what the key dietary elements are in my meal. Calories, saturated fat, total fat, salt, and so on. I'll still indulge occasionally and enjoy rich, oversized portions but I want to know just how much damage I'm doing to my diet and body so I can compensate before or afterwards.
I don't think that is an unreasonable position.
These people ought to learn to mind their own business just a bit more.
“I’m sorry, I can’t sell you a family bucket of chicken to go unless you can show me papers (marriage certificate and photos of children)...”
Soon they will require restaurants to pay for some federal government employee food counselors to be on the premises, so the counselors can come and have a chat with any patron who is tempted to order one of those high-calorie menu selections. Show a little power point about obesity and its risks, have the person sign a disclaimer that they will not seek any 0bamacare benefits if they actually EAT the pancakes, etc.
Short of eliminating welfare and food stamps, which unfortunately will never happen, I DO think those programs SHOULD mandate what one can buy with them. Since a large % of the people on those programs use emergency rooms for routine care on my dime, I’d like it if they weren’t “allowed” to by Doritos and batter dipped sausage for dinner.
If the Gov’t can pay their way from table to the grave, how about they dictate lowfat food? If we are to have a nanny state, how about they start acting like a mean old nanny to those who steal the services.
The Food Nazis. These guys have been around for a while, trying to take all the choice out of food.
Neither was obesity a problem at Buchenwald, Dachau, the Gulag, or most other “forced vacation resorts”.
These busybodies don’t have a positive contribution to make, so they resort to ploy of making themselves the controller of other people’s actions and behavior.
Bother me and I’d cut my caloric intake for one meal, it would end up in THEIR face.
I'm a little unclear on what it is you agree with. Are you saying you want government telling us what we can eat? How far are you willing to go with that?
the fatties cause my health insurance premiums to go up.
So do the people having sex outside of marriage. So do the people who drink heavily or use drugs. In fact, even the people who participate heavily in exercise or sports make your premiums go up. (Those darned injuries, you know.) Then there are those people who do "all the right stuff" and still have medicial issues because of genetics. Just where is the line to be drawn?
Socialists have always resented that the USA was the land of plenty and the land of opportunity.
It's been too hard to keep the other Socialist regimes in power with the US example.
So the US standard of living for the better part of a century is being legislated out of existence. Air conditioning set to whatever thermostat level we want to set 24-7 is next.
Maybe they will require medical photos on the menu like they put on cigarette boxes.
“Here’s a photo of a naked middle aged obese person, enjoy your fatty meal...”
In the true spirit of Saul Alinsky, I offer the following
from their website:
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1875 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Main switchboard: (202) 332-9110
Fax: (202) 265-4954
Perhaps it’s time to have a little Tea Party on their front lawn?
I like it. Your acronym is “ISFOOL”.
Four years of medical school and Board Certification in Internal Medicine says you're full of $#!+.
“Ten Dumbest Food Cop Ideas”
Did they think people didn’t know what they were eating? Is that why they thought listing the fat and calories would make people not want the food? How stupid can they get?
People already knew the stuff was loaded...
Listing the numbers didn’t change a darn thing, as anyone with two working brain cells could have told them before they wasted the money...
Next they’ll outlaw the all-you-can-eat buffet.
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