I was ecstatic to see that food chains had be forced to reveal the nutritional facts for their menu items earlier this year. However, since the law has not been officially passed; certain chains are taking the calorie countes off their menus claiming that it is making their customers feel “guilty.” One of biggest chains making these changes is “California Pizza Kitchen.”
After changing the menu they decided to leave the calorie counts off until forced to put it back on the menus in 2011.
“This legislation will help Californians make more informed, healthier choices by making calorie information easily accessible at thousands of restaurants throughout our state,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said when he signed the law last year.
It’s no surprise that some restaurants in California are opting to provide nutritional information in a separate brochure instead of on menus, said Cathy Nonas, director of the New York City Health Department’s physical activity and nutrition program.
When New York’s law went into effect last year, some chains quickly put calorie information on their menus while others didn’t. “They had a difficult time,” and some of the early adopters went back to their older menus that lacked the information, she said (source).
Although restaurant chains such as CPK say that the nutritional information made little or no affect on the way people ordered; I think they are scared to deal with the consequences of their high caloric foods. The economy is in the gutter right now and restaurants can’t afford to lose customers over nutrition facts. Why not change some of the menu items to fit the needs of the health conscious instead of opting to delete them from the menu?
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