Can We Handle the Truth?

Can We Handle the Truth?

Food & Drink

Can We Handle the Truth?


By Cari Martens

We’re living in the Information Age. But aren’t there some things we just don’t want to know? Like how many calories we consumed at that lunch we had at Burger World. We know it wasn’t the healthiest meal ever, but do we need to know all the gory details?

Well, some politicians think we have the right to know. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) announced recently that they plan to reintroduce legislation in the new Congress that would require nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus across the USA.

As one of our bloggers noted earlier, some cities have already enacted laws requiring that calorie info be displayed on the menu board right next to the price in fast food and other chain restaurants. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed similar legislation in September that made California the first state to mandate the display of calorie data. YUM! Brands has announced it will soon post calorie counts on menu boards in all its KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s restaurants.

Will these new laws really get us to eat healthier? Who knows. But soon it will be difficult to plead ignorance when we dig into that Quad Stack Meatnormous Burger.

I suppose we can all just avert our eyes.

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