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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Calorie counts to stagger you

Guys are pretty ignorant of how many calories are in stuff. They are so ignorant, even when you tell them that, say, a Whopper has over 1,000 calories, they say, "So?" They have no comparison -- they don't know a salad with grilled chicken is, say, 300 calories. I've spent the last three years trying to enlighten the male members of my family about calorie counts.

That's one reason why I think making restaurants put the calorie (and nutritional) counts of food on the menu. How else are we to make intelligent decisions about the food we eat? It's hard to lose weight, and even harder to maintain a weight loss. It's even harder when you're trying to estimate just how many calories are in that Casa salad or the Big Juan burrito.

New York City is now requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on menus.

New Yorkers try to swallow calorie sticker shock - Diet and nutrition- msnbc.com: "New Yorkers have been in the throes of sticker shock since this spring when the Big Apple became the first city in the country to implement a law forcing chain restaurants to post the calorie count of each food in the same size and font as the price."

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