Tina Ruggiero | Nutrition Expert, Cookbook Author and Spokesperson
Jun 21, 2007 by Tina Ruggiero
Carol P. MS, RD says
Jun 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm
On this subject, I take the view that more information is better. Sure, many consumers will turn a blind eye – those are the ones that will never look at the warning signs (shortness of breath on steps, bulging over belts, etc.) unless a life-threatening health issue arises (stroke, heart attack, diabetes, etc.). On the other hand, many consumers are clueless on the calorie content of specific foods they order. When presented with the array of food and their calorie contents, they just may change their food choice, or be embarrassed in their choice when eating with friends or co-workers.
I don’t appreciate being legislated to death when people should have the right to choice, but on this one the current voluntary nutrition labeling of foods is truly worthless – mouse-type on McDonald’s wrappers is a bad joke. I would like to see a meaningful regulation that had been well thought through for implementation – where consumers can really see, compare and make more intelligent decisions. This is not an easy task, but it will make fast food companies and restaurants, as well as consumers take notice of what they are serving and eating.