Imagine walking into McDonald’s and on the board next to the item “Large chocolate shake” you saw exactly how many calories were in the product.

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King County Health preps food label idea for tomorrow

King County's Board of Health wants visible nutritional labels on menus. Is it really a good plan?

Imagine walking into McDonald’s and on the board next to the item “Large chocolate shake” you saw exactly how many calories were in the product. Can you even guess how many are in it? It’s 1,160 calories.

It’s something McDoanld’s would never do voluntarily, because if you knew how bad it was for you, you might eat less of it. But King County is trying to make this idea a real one. Tomorrow, the King County Board of Health plans to vote on legislation requiring chain restaurants (with 10 or more locations throughout the U.S.) to make calorie, sodium, saturated fat, trans fat and carbohydrate info visible to customers at the point of ordering. And they want this to take effect by Aug. 1, 2008.

Of course, with King County being progressive as it is, it seems this idea’s a no-brainer. Almost no one here will tell you they don’t encourage healthy, informed eating habits. While I think the idea sounds like a good one for corporate behemoths like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, I do wonder if this could hurt any smaller restaurant chains out there without deep pockets.

 
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