February 7, 2018

The House just passed a bill that rolls back some of the strict Obama-era regulations requiring restaurants to list calorie counts and other nutritional information on menus. And as always happens when a regulation is loosened, some people are yelling that people will DIE!

Personally, I like that restaurants now include nutritional information on menus. But it would be nice if “progressives” could just once consider that not every problem lends itself to a one-size-fits-all government solution. Chain restaurants that serve a standardized menu have no problem meeting the requirements. But independent restaurants shouldn’t be driven out of business with fines and lab costs because it’s impossible for them to give an accurate calorie count for every item when each dish varies slightly depending on preparation and the menu changes daily. For instance, the calorie count of a pizza might vary drastically depending on which of a thousand topping combinations someone picks or how free the cook is with the cheese.

Can’t we just agree on a compromise that informs consumers without driving costs through the roof and restaurants out of business? Until then, here’s a tip: if you really care that much about calorie counts, don’t order a pizza at all.

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  • Sue Dyer

    02/08/2018 11:34 AM

    Agreed! I also enjoy having the information, but some restaurants do not have the type of menu that allows them to easily post this info. If it IS a standard menu (and therefore would be easier to post), then those who rely more on that information will likely seek out and frequent the restaurants that provide this. Long live the Free Market!!