Conflicting Thoughts about Menu Labeling

8 years ago
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I always thought I wanted calories listed on menu labels. After this weekend, I'm not so sure. The Kid had his final t-ball game of the season yesterday and afterward we went to a favorite post-game lunch spot, the Silver Diner. Burgers, fries, milkshakes and...calories listed on the menu. Talk about a buzz kill. I ignored the huge number of calories next to the pesto, red pepper and turkey sliders. But I remembered it later and skated extra hard that afternoon.

Today, we headed to the mall to drop off shoes that needed repaired and to pick up a birthday present. While there, we stopped at Legal Seafood for lunch. (Honestly, we really don't eat out this much!) More calories listings. I wanted the scallops and mushroom ravioli in cream sauce. I ordered the grilled swordfish and broccoli. I also hit the bike this afternoon.

So yes, calorie labels did have a direct impact on my eating and exercise behavior. Will it continue to have a long-term impact? Perhaps. Will it help society as whole? I don't know. But I guess I've decided it's probably worth a try.

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