Does The Calorie Count On Menus Help?
I think that it originally seemed like a good idea. If the calorie count is on the menu, then people will make healthier choices when ordering.
But, according to a new study from New York University, it's not working. Research found that there is no big difference in what people ordered even though the calorie count was clearly written on the menu.
My first experience with the calorie count being shown on menus was at Yankee Stadium a couple of summers ago. It didn't really do much to persuade my decision on what to eat though.
"Our study suggests that menu labeling, in particular at fast-food restaurants, will not on its own lead to any lasting reductions in calories consumed."
The study concluded that calorie labeling on menus appears to have very little impact on what people choose to eat.
[via: New York University]