Fast Food Furor

Quite a number of New Yorkers were shocked at the calorie content of common fast-foods when legislation was introduced in the city compelling large food-chains to disclose this. Starting Saturday, 19 July 2008,restaurant chains that fall under the rule will face fines of up to $2,000 per store for not disclosing calorie information in a prominent spot on their menus.

Many news agencies have reported that most consumers were unaware about the extra calories in food items which were touted to be healthy. Take a look at this item found in Starbucks:

Although labelled"fat free," a slice of banana chocolate chip cake at Starbucks has 390 calories((MSNBC pic)

Although labelled"fat free," a slice of banana chocolate chip cake at Starbucks has 390 calories((MSNBC pic)

Many experienced ‘sticker shock’ when they came to terms with the calorie values of their favourites. A Big Mac with a small bag of french fries and a large coke totalled 1,080 calories.

Two pieces of KFC fried chicken (breast & thigh) with a small bag of fries and a large coke added up to 1,170 calories.

Don’t believe me? Check the calorie counts for Macdonalds and KFC.

If you are into Malaysian foods, check here.

Either of the two food plates mentioned above provide a substantial amount to one’s total daily requirements, which is approx 2,000 calories. So, by the time you add in the rest of the meals for the day, the calorie excess will be simply converted to fat in the body!

Personally, I doubt that the City of New York’s regulations are going to significantly affect people’s lifestyles although the authorities claim that the measures could reduce the number of obese New Yorkers by 150,000 over the next five years, and prevent 30,000 cases of diabetes.

What is certain is that the revelation of these facts can empower the individual to make informed decisions for themselves and make them more health-conscious.

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