Good news for those of us who care about what’s in our food: After delaying plans to have retailers across the nation add calorie counts to their menus, the FDA has finally implemented a deadline. By May 2018, expect to see calorie counts printed across menu boards at your favorite restaurants and hopefully in delis and grocery store buffets, too.
“Consumers need and want calorie information when they eat out, and this is a positive sign that FDA will work with industry to give consumers that information,” Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Vice President for Nutrition, Margo Wootan, wrote in a statement.
Following implementation, the FDA’s mandate will improve transparency and help us adhere to our health goals when dining out. So while you may no longer be able to ignore the amount of sodium in your fried chicken cheat meal, you’ll be provided with the means to make better choices. “At a time when more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and more people are trying to make healthier lifestyle decisions, we know making informed choices about our diets has the potential to save and improve lives,” Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assured. Until then, stick to avoiding The #1 Worst Menu Option at 41 Popular Restaurants at all costs.