McDonalds Lists Calorie Count: Affordable Health Care Requirement?
Sep 13, 2012 03:09 PM EDT
One of the largest fast-food joints McDonalds announced Wednesday that they will list a calorie count of all their items on the restaurant menu as well as drive-through listing across America from Monday, September 17.
President of McDonald's USA, "We want to voluntarily do this...We believe it will help educate customers...When it's all said and done, the menu mix doesn't change...But I do think people feel better knowing this information," as reported by the Associated Press.
Micky Ds already has its calories listed on menus and on the wrapping in places such as New York City, California and Philadelphia. But come next week the calories will be listed in every McDonald joint in the country.
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The decision comes largely from the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act this summer, which stipulates that any fast-food chain restaurant with more than 20 stores must disclose its calories. However when the legislation requires the chains to execute this stipulation is not clear.
In 2008, New York passed a law that requires all fast-food chains to mention the amount of calories in each item. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's litigation to ban all 16.oz sugar drinks in restaurants, movie theaters and other eateries was passed, which means starting March 2013 - no more large sugary drinks.
McDonald's popular Angus Bacon Burger is 790 calories, while the Angus Delux is 750 calories. The lowest item on the menu is the Premium Caesar Salad which is 90 calories. The entire calorie break down of all McDonald items can be found here.