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What a Difference Six Months Can Make

December 19, 2008

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When the NY Department of Health and Mental Hygiene passed a law that required chain restaurants to post calories on their menus restaurant six months ago, owners didn’t believe it would make a big difference in what people ordered. A recent survey, however, found that nearly a quarter of consumers say the nutritional information is having an impact on what they eat. Read this interview to see the healthy changes New Yorkers are making.  

While it’s great that this change has made consumers more aware of what they are putting into their bodies, it is also important to understand the caloric density of foods. In other words, how much nourishment are you getting from those 100 or 200 calories? For example, a 100-calorie pack of cookies may have fewer calories than a handful of almonds, but the nuts have much more nutritional value. Empty calories found in lower-fat foods may not sustain you the way a food with higher fat and calorie content would.

Do you think restaurants should be required to post ingredients on their menus as well so you know exactly what benefits you’re getting out of your meals?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.