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McDonald’s Adds Calorie Count To Menu

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McDonald’s isn’t known as the healthiest restaurant in the country, but the fast food chain has been trying to trim America’s waistline. The restaurant, which has debuted salads and fruit options in the past, will now display calorie information on its drive-thru menus.

According to ABC, a new regulation could require major food chains to do the same as early as next year. McDonald’s is staying ahead of the game and will start using its calorie menus this Monday.

Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA, said:

“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.”

Fields says that some cities already require calorie information on menus. In those cities, like New York and Philadelphia, Fields says that people’s ordering habits haven’t really changed.

But Margo Wootan, the director of nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, believes that the calorie information could slowly change people’s minds about what they eat.

Wootan said:

“Obesity isn’t the kind of thing where one day you wake up and you’re fat. We gradually and slowly gain weight over time.”

Wootan also believes that restaurants may be pressured into changing their recipes in order to display lower calorie numbers. Wootan added:

“It can be embarrassing, or shocking, so they end up changing the way the product is made.”

And McDonald’s is about ready to unveil a few healthier options. Next year they’ll debut a new Egg McMuffin made with egg whites and a whole grain muffin. McDonald’s also recently unveiled its Favorites Under 400 campaign to highlight menu items under 400 calories.

But, even with McDonald’s taking steps in the right direction, the restaurant is still blamed for contributing to the obesity problem. USA Today notes that a Big Mac, a medium fry, and a 16-ounce Coca-Cola clocks in at 1,140 calories.

Do you eat at McDonald’s? What do you think about the restaurant’s new calorie menus?

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12 Responses to “McDonald’s Adds Calorie Count To Menu”

  1. Heather Johnson

    The food isn't the problem. The problem is people who eat too much of the food too much of the time. I enjoy a Big Mac meal every now and again. However, the rest of the time I eat healthier foods and I exercise. Despite my like of McDonald's, I am a healthy weight and am healthy. Come on, people, use some sense!

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  3. Faye Morris Jackson

    I agree with Heather's statements.especially the fact that each must use some sense in their food choices & the amount eaten.

  4. George Hendrickson

    I don't eat fast food and I'm still fat. I lost 50 lbs on weight watchers but still have a belly. I think its all that transfat I ate from the 70's and 80's that your body doesn't know what to do with..preservatives in our food is a big contributor as well. They're not liver friendly. If you eat liver friendly foods, you'll lose weight naturally and will live longer…

  5. Celia Hughes

    McDonald's isn't out on the street dragging people in kicking and screaming! Don't blame McDonald's–blame yourself for your choice!

  6. Amanda Cody

    That's right we all choose what we eat. Its not like they deliver it and force it down our throats … Lol….. Everyone knows the majority of fast food is unhealthy, I dont think it needs to be on the menu ;)

  7. Gary Prater

    You go to MacDonalds because you like the food and you already know the calorie count is high. Just don't go all the time.

  8. Heather De Haan

    I work at this corporation, and believe it or not, but the same people come in day in a day out get the same thing, day in and day out, some are there breakfast, lunch and dinner…..EVERY DAY……and we wonder why the U.S. looks the way it does.