Calorie Counts on the Subway

In case you HAVEN’T heard, New York City’s calories-on-menus law is in full effect. Chain restaurants are now REQUIRED to post their calories. At first, many restaurants were resistant, but in the end, New Yorkers seem to like their new menus.

And now, New York has taken it one step further, by posting advertisements in city subways—reminding people about those infamous calories. The New York City Health Department launched the campaign under the slogan, “Read ’em before you eat ’em.

I think providing people with more information is ALWAYS a good idea, but focusing ONLY on calories is foolhardy. There’s A LOT more to food and nutrient-density, than JUST calories.

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Sara - October 8, 2008 10:15 PM

There was a billboard on the train platform in Newark,NJ that shows a server offering two hot dogs with trimmings that says "want cancer with that?"

NBC - April 2, 2009 9:35 AM

I'd still choose the burrito, eat half, and opt for whole grain wrap, over a small burger(mostly fat and filler) on white bread (gag) with a side of potato fried in old stagnant peanut oil. Indeed calorie counting can promote poor eating choices. It's so simple to make better choices. Most foods tell you their value with their color and freshness. It's not brain surgery. Thank you Dr. for creating this very informative blogspot.

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