Affordable Care Act's calorie count rules go into effect

Showing total calories in food can make consumers more conscious of their health

Businesses with more than 20 locations that sell food or beverages, including movie theaters, vending machines, convenience stores, and grocery stores, will also be required to list calorie information for consumers.

In 2010, the Obama administration passed a new FDA law as part of the Affordable Care Act.

An Obamacare rule that requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts went into effect Monday.

Simon says that since chain restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery stores now have to post calorie counts, this might also lead to another unintended outcome.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the goal is to improve public health, and help Americans make more informed choices about their diets.

The regulation is aimed at reducing rising obesity levels in the U.S. Policymakers hope that if consumers are armed with information about the food they eat, they will make healthier choices.

Many major restaurant chains like McDonald's and Taco Bell are already complying with the rule, but the federal government will now require it.

"I think there's a lot of consumer shock".

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The calorie rule applies to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations.

How many calories do you need?

Perhaps you'll be surprised at some of the numbers alongside other menu items, whether they are higher or lower than you thought.

A 2016 study reviewing the impact that menu labelling in restaurants had on consumers found the outcome was mixed.

'Pizza's unique ordering variations create countless combinations making it hard to accurately deliver information on printed menu boards and costly to maintain, ' he said in a statement. "I don't do any of the carbs", she said, as she dashed out of the same Chipotle in Silver Spring, Maryland.

"In considering how and what information to make available, we have taken into account the significant variation in the ways Americans purchase foods - ranging from traditional restaurant menus to the growth in grab-and-go foods at grocery and convenience stores", Gottlieb noted in the statement.

"We're going to be flexible", he said.

"Studies show a reduction of anywhere from 30 to 50 calories a day, on average, for consumers who are eating out - and consumers eat about one-third of their meals outside the home". By comparison, diners who chose from a menu with calorie information to the right of each menu item ordered meals with only 5.4 percent fewer calories.

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