Fast food question

United States
June 26, 2007 3:03pm CST
I read that places are being asked to put the calories of the food at fast food restaurants on the menu. My question is: If they actually started doing this, would you make different choices about what you order? Or would you continue to order the same thing no matter how many calories it had? I just don't think that would stop me from ordering what I like at my favorite fast food restaurants. I already know most of that stuff has a lot of calories anyway.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
Believe it or not most places now do this. Mcdonalds has been doing this for quite some time, and yes in many ways it does change the foods I choose to eat there. But many people need to see how much calorie intake they can handle, so this helps those on special diets.
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27 Jun 07
I would choose what i like no matter how many calories they had, i wouldn't change what i have to eat just because it has less calories. I may change what i order and the place i go every so often, but i would still stick to what i like to eat on the day. I don't think many people that order food at fast food restaurants would change what they eat due to calories. ~Joey
• United States
27 Jun 07
I think I could go either way. Knowing how many calories are in an item might make me choose a lower calorie item to stay within the daily reccomended amount. But, if I really wanted a certain food item, I'm the type of person who would "save" calories so that I could enjoy what I wanted. I do think putting the calories on the menu can be very helpful. We have a serious weight problem in this country-and every little bit we can do to make us more aware of what we're eating and help us to eat "consciously" is just one more step in winning our battle of the bulge.
• United States
27 Jun 07
It is nice to know that if you are watching calories..and you are one of the few who has fast food only as a treat once in a while, even while dieting. Knowing your calorie intake may reduce your desire to endulge often and in essence make you healthier, unless you just don't care.
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• Italy
27 Jun 07
Surely they wouldn't stop me from ordering what I like at my favourite fast food restaurants, it could be a way to limit the iper-caloric diet of those who eat regularly to fast food restaurant, for me it will be the same, even because my favourites foods are always the most caloric, see ice creams, hot-dogs, french fries and so on...
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@chiyosan (30213)
• Philippines
27 Jun 07
hmm.. maybe i will. i have checked on them anyway over their internet sites so i already have an idea. i still wish that they will put calorie info on them. :)
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• United States
27 Jun 07
No, labels won't help. I think they should pass a law that makes it illegal to serve that crap. I'm against government control generally, but this particular problem we can't solve without drastic measures. There is no reason to serve that mess. As long as people have no other choice, or even limited choice, they will eat it. People are like cattle, after all.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Knowing the calories of the food at the fast food restaurants would change how or what I order. I do not beleive in and am not a fan of counting calories to begin with. Then again, though I don't have a weight problem. I pretty much expect the majority of fast food to not be exactly good for me. But is fast food and convienent at times. Sometimes I crave a cheeseburger with fries, knowing that it contains 2000 calories wouldn't stop me from ordering it. If Americans really cared about their weight, they wouldn't be so overweight. I don't really think that we care what we fuel our bodies with. Personally I don't think it is the calories that is killing us, but the portions. They are at least three to five times what they used to be. We really don't need to eat as much as we do and therein lies the problem.
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@langhua (501)
• China
27 Jun 07
there are at present two kinds of fast food in china:chinese fast food and western fast food. there are many kinds of western fast food,such as macdonald,kfc and pizza hut .western fast food industry has a long history and more advanced management than chinese fast food.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
If I ever go out to eat, it's usually at the healthier restaurants that aren't EXACTLY fast food. (Chipotle, Noodles, Panera Bread, etc.) But when I do go to fast food restaurants, since I don't go to them very often, I would just choose what I normally would.
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26 Jun 07
Here in the UK it is compulsory that places do this and they also have to tell you things like the salt content and for this reason places like McDonalds have stopped added extra salts to fries and such like so they can put a lower value on the sheet. Is it eating my McDonalds reading the sheet and am totally astounded at the amount of bad stuff in them but I still do eat there occasionally although I do have to say not quite as much. I think though it is ridiculous when people claim they didn't know it was bad for them before. Of course it is bad for them. You shouldn't need a sheet with all the info for you to work that one out.
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Calorie counts wouldn't help me. I'm diabetic. I need to know carb counts. So, no, I probably wouldn't make different choices. I wish they would put more than just calorie counts on the menus. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like to know things like fat and carb content, as well as calories.
• United States
26 Jun 07
Jamba juice has just been found to have the wrong calories listed for the cookies. It's actually double what is listed in the store. So No it would not make too much difference. I still eat at MacDonald's every now and then not often enough. I buy my double cheese burger with big mac sauce. Then most times I will not even want the second meat. So no again it won't change my mind.
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@arcidy (5013)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I first found out when I went to burger king last summer and I bought a burger and I saw the nutrition facts on the burgers. The only reason I beleave there doing this now is because a lot of people have tried to sue them for getting fat and one person won the case so they put this on there meals to prevent that so they wont get any people now to sue them.
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@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Same to me, i never think like that... I eat a lot with fast food. I love those and i dont care about calories or watever. I dont have a problem with eating those stuff like that...But the purpose of this because they have to show the consumers about their food calories. If they dont, then they will have problems with health department. It is not for you but it is for other people.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jun 07
I believe it would make a lot of people think twice about eating there. They would feel guilty about taking their children there also. It is one thing to guess, but like they say, numbers don't lie. I think people are making a genuine effort to watch what they eat these days. I think that this is long over-due. It wont be good for business, but will be great for the customers. It is about time these restuarants start letting us know what they are really selling us. Maybe then they will be forced to care more about the customer and not just the bottom line.
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@mrsbrian (1950)
• United States
26 Jun 07
No I think I would make the same choices. Im wondering why the restraunts are getting a bad rap for serving all those fat foods, but is it not the parents of those children whom are doing it buy takeing the children to those restraunts 5 and 6 times a week instead of giving them a good home cooked meal?
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