Wednesday, October 26, 2005

It's a Start...

McDonald's will now put nutritional information on their packaging. It will not be as detailed as packaged food (ie, ingredients), but it will list grams of fat, protein, carbohydrates and sodium. I'm somewhat skeptical as to whether or not this will slow consumption of fast food, but it may make people aware of how much fat they are getting in their fa(s)t food.

A better solution to the information problem would be to list the fat grams right next to the price on the menu. People should know what they are consuming prior to purchase, not as they unwrap their burger. And maybe while they're at it, McDonald's (and others) could post the amount the US spends on heart disease and diabetes (and other illnesses related to diet), but that would be a little too much honesty for the fa(s)t food industry.


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