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Menus still calorie-laden despite new laws: group
Reuters ^ | May 25, 2010 | David Storey

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 ...


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KEYWORDS: calories; foodfascists; liberalfascism; michelleantoinette
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As Julia Child would say: BON APETIT!!
1 posted on 05/26/2010 12:15:35 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


2 posted on 05/26/2010 12:16:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: La Enchiladita

CPSI is a Commie rat front group. IMO.


3 posted on 05/26/2010 12:17:57 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: La Enchiladita
So what? If people want healthy food then eating out is NOT the way to go.

Of course, the nanny staters want to ensure that no one ever has ANY fun.

4 posted on 05/26/2010 12:17:59 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: La Enchiladita

So what? Everyone knows if you eat that stuff every day you wind up looking like Michael Moore.


5 posted on 05/26/2010 12:18:37 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: La Enchiladita
"Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)"

"Center for Socialists bent on Public Intimidation"

There, I fixed it.

6 posted on 05/26/2010 12:19:18 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: La Enchiladita

The Socialists just can’t stand freedom of choice.


7 posted on 05/26/2010 12:19:31 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Everyone needs valid ID except illegal aliens and the President - only in America)
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To: La Enchiladita

Good thing it’s the menu thats full of calories and not the food....


8 posted on 05/26/2010 12:21:04 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


9 posted on 05/26/2010 12:22:38 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Don't mess with Aunt Karen when she's been drinking)
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To: La Enchiladita
"But these chains don't promote moderation. They practice caloric extremism, and they're helping make modern-day Americans become the most obese people ever to walk the Earth"

Horrors, these evil chains are cramming food down people's throats.

10 posted on 05/26/2010 12:23:51 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: La Enchiladita

They’ve certainly taken the fun out of eating at the Cheesecake Factory!


11 posted on 05/26/2010 12:23:58 PM PDT by LizzyD
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To: OldMissileer

Food facists.


12 posted on 05/26/2010 12:24:22 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompitence..)
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To: 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. “

Well I’ll be dipped in chips. Huda thunkit?


13 posted on 05/26/2010 12:26:08 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: CholeraJoe

And careless drivers talking on their cell phones and causing accidents make my car insurance go up. Ban cell phones.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 12:26:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: La Enchiladita

Then the nanny government needs to step in and mandate higher prices and smaller portions.


15 posted on 05/26/2010 12:26:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: CholeraJoe

First they came for the smokers....but I was not a smoker...

Then they came for the fatties...but I was not a fattie...


16 posted on 05/26/2010 12:26:51 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompitence..)
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To: CholeraJoe

“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.


17 posted on 05/26/2010 12:27:31 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: La Enchiladita

When the Government starts PAYING MY a FOOD ALLOWANCE....I’ll ask for their advice...until then, well...you know...they can......


18 posted on 05/26/2010 12:28:21 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Destroy AMERICA.....Vote DEMOCRAT)
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To: VeniVidiVici

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.”


19 posted on 05/26/2010 12:28:40 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

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.


20 posted on 05/26/2010 12:28:40 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: goodnesswins

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.


21 posted on 05/26/2010 12:29:45 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Liberalism is fascism delivered with a faux caring smile.
22 posted on 05/26/2010 12:29:45 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: a fool in paradise

Shouldn’t high calorie meals be considered a good buy? You get lots for your money.


23 posted on 05/26/2010 12:29:49 PM PDT by donna
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To: 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.”

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?????


24 posted on 05/26/2010 12:30:23 PM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


25 posted on 05/26/2010 12:31:22 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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?


26 posted on 05/26/2010 12:32:28 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Grunthor
WHO DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW IT WAS BAD FOR YOU?????

Millions of dopey people. They see "salad" on the menu and think they are eating healthy while dumping 600 fat calories of dressing on it.
27 posted on 05/26/2010 12:34:19 PM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: donna

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?


28 posted on 05/26/2010 12:34:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: La Enchiladita

The Conservative group, Center for Mind Your Own Business says stay away from my food!.


29 posted on 05/26/2010 12:34:39 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: La Enchiladita
I'll go against some of the sentiment expressed about this issue.

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.

30 posted on 05/26/2010 12:35:55 PM PDT by sjmjax
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To: La Enchiladita
If the calories are being posted yet people are still eating the high calorie/high fat meals, then that should tell the nosey Nancys something - it's what people WANT.

These people ought to learn to mind their own business just a bit more.

31 posted on 05/26/2010 12:36:15 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Grunthor

“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)...”


32 posted on 05/26/2010 12:36:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: La Enchiladita
May obama should just take over all the restaurants and serve mud pies laced with Johnson grass.

All this law will end up doing is putting the restaurants out of business, and there goes the taxes they pay.

He is so busy putting all the people out of work, and businesses out of business, I guess all the Chia pets he's giving government jobs to will have to pay all the taxes for the "moocher" class.
33 posted on 05/26/2010 12:36:41 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


34 posted on 05/26/2010 12:36:44 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: a fool in paradise
Before long we are going to see a cardswipe system at buffets.

Linked into a central computer of course. We certainly don't want anyone going restaurant hopping and getting more than their allotment of calories.
35 posted on 05/26/2010 12:37:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


36 posted on 05/26/2010 12:37:34 PM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: La Enchiladita

The Food Nazis. These guys have been around for a while, trying to take all the choice out of food.


37 posted on 05/26/2010 12:38:00 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

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.


38 posted on 05/26/2010 12:38:45 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: CholeraJoe
This is actually one I agree with.

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?

39 posted on 05/26/2010 12:39:11 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
The Socialists just can’t stand freedom of choice.

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.

40 posted on 05/26/2010 12:40:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: NEMDF

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...”


41 posted on 05/26/2010 12:42:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.
Suite 300
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?


42 posted on 05/26/2010 12:42:13 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sudetenland

I like it. Your acronym is “ISFOOL”.


43 posted on 05/26/2010 12:42:59 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: Desron13

LOL!;)


44 posted on 05/26/2010 12:43:11 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: CholeraJoe
Spoken like a person that has absolutely no knowledge of obesity. You ought to join the Obama Administration, the excel at talking about stuff they know nothing about.

Most seriously obese people are not obese simply because the eat fatty foods and don't move around enough. Genetics is a major player in obesity. Most obese people spend their entire lives in a vain pursuit of being like others. Endless diets and exercise attempts which result in temporary changes in their bodies. I know, I have been trying to get thin my entire life. I was put on my first diet when I was in the fifth grade. It didn't work then and even today, as I spend 30 minutes a day in vigorous exercise and watching what I eat, I make very little progress.

I do believe that people should continue to try, as I have, but don't be so quick to judge others who struggle with a problem that you apparently know nothing about.

The success rate for weight loss among the obese is lower than for those alcoholics who manage to stay free of alcohol, about 5% actually keep the weight off they lose.

It ain't laziness and it ain't piggishness, it is a complex problem in which the body fights against the attempt.
45 posted on 05/26/2010 12:43:48 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Sudetenland
Spoken like a person that has absolutely no knowledge of obesity.

Four years of medical school and Board Certification in Internal Medicine says you're full of $#!+.

46 posted on 05/26/2010 12:47:25 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Don't mess with Aunt Karen when she's been drinking)
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To: OldMissileer

“Ten Dumbest Food Cop Ideas”

http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/h/2651-ten-dumbest-food-cop-ideas


47 posted on 05/26/2010 12:57:26 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: La Enchiladita

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...


48 posted on 05/26/2010 12:59:02 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: CholeraJoe
Spoken like all the arrogant doctors I know, most of whom have never been fat (those that have experienced the same in their lives that I have. How many truly obese patients have you treated successfully and what percentage of them kept the weight off for an extended period of time? If you tell the truth, my percentage will be about right.

I'll match my forty-seven years of experience (of my fifty-seven years) studying reading and experiencing to your education and my experience says you don't know what you are talking about. Of course we know doctors get very little real education in nutrition and obesity, just as they get very little education in alcoholism and addiction.

I know more about nutrition than any doctor or nutritionist I have ever talked to. I've actually had two certified nutritionists give up discussing nutrition with me because my knowledge is far deeper than theirs.

Typical doctor with a God complex.
49 posted on 05/26/2010 1:03:39 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Next they’ll outlaw the all-you-can-eat buffet.


50 posted on 05/26/2010 1:05:44 PM PDT by Teotwawki (Live free or die. Seriously. It's not just a state slogan.)
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