Does knowing calorie information change the way you order?
McDonald’s, one of the world’s most popular fast food chains, started posting calorie information on its menus at restaurants and drive-thrus around the country. “At McDonald’s, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,” said McDonald’s USA president Jan Fields in a press release.
McDonald’s action came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this summer to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes a provision requiring restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calorie information in their establishments. A plan for implementing the requirement has not been worked out to this date.
In California, the practice of posting nutritional information started in January of 2011. Oakland North visited one of McDonald’s restaurants Oakland to find out if displaying calorie values can affect people’s eating habits.