Calorie Rules Make Diets A Federal Affair

april 20,2011

(NewsCore) – WASHINGTON — Fans of convenience store hot dogs will get to read how many calories are in a dog. But beer drinkers won’t have to deal with the guilt after the Obama administration Friday issued proposed rules that vendors must follow to inform customers about calorie counts of a range of foods — from a Big Mac to a brownie.
Many food sellers are exempt, and for now the new regulations, which are designed to prod consumers to make healthier eating choices, exempt booze, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The rules, expected to take effect in 2012, provide details on how eateries with 20 outlets or more must comply with a new law to post the calorie counts of foods and drinks on menu boards. Vending-machine chains also have to post calorie counts.
The labeling provision was part of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health overhaul law. The new rules differ in certain areas from an earlier draft issued last year, in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that the calorie-posting requirement might extend beyond chain restaurants to encompass other businesses where food is sold.
At the time, movie-theater owners and supermarkets, among others, complained that the rule was burdensome. In its updated proposal unveiled late Friday, the agency left out movie theaters, along with airplanes, bowling alleys, amusement parks, hotels and other establishments where the sale of food is not a primary business.
The agency said it excluded them in part because they generally don’t present themselves to the public as restaurants. However, the regulation will apply to establishments where more than 50 percent of the total floor area is used for the sale of food.
Convenience stores still are required to post calorie counts, along with supermarket eateries, pastry and retail confectionery stores, coffee shops, snack bars and ice-cream parlors.
“As far as your waistline goes, it doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting at a restaurant,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for greater nutrition disclosure. “All those extra calories will make you fat — and, in fact, gigantic tubs of fatty popcorn will especially make you fat.”
FDA also said it “tentatively” concluded that bars and restaurants don’t have to post calorie labels on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. It cited the fact that alcoholic beverages are regulated by a different federal agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and that it was not clear Congress intended the calorie-label provision to apply to such drinks, given the different agency jurisdictions.
At least 20 cities or states have passed local ordinances requiring calorie postings on menus, led by New York City in 2008. Whether those actually have curbed obesity is unclear.
A 2009 study published in the journal Health Affairs didn’t find evidence menu labeling influenced total calories purchased by New Yorkers. A Stanford University study of New York City Starbucks found average calories per transaction fell by six percent after calorie labeling started.


Foodies and wine lovers travel north from Manila to wine and dine at Philippines’ best fine dining restaurant in Pampanga Clark Freeport worth the 60-minutes drive for a memorable evening of good food with vintage wine at Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar

This fine dining restaurant is also famous for its low carbohydrates “low carb” dishes highly recommended for frequent diners who are on a low fat food and favor healthy food. This is a unique restaurant that can help frequent diners maintain a healthy diet and enjoy delicious fine dining cuisine at the same time. Vegetarian dishes are a specialty here also and so are “halal” cuisines also.

Favorites of frequent diners, foodies and wine lovers are steaks, Wagyu, Foie Gras, lobsters, venison, kangaroo loin, osso buco, veal chops, Kurabuto pork, escargots and a good selection of cheeses to enjoy with fine Vintage port and Sauternes. Cuban cigars such as Monte Cristo, Cohiba, Upmann, Partagas, Romeo Julieta and Trinidad are also available in the Magnum Room which is a wine bar and lounge for before and after dinner relaxation. A good selection of Armagnac, Cognac, Single Malt, Vodka and other liquor is served in addition to the wine vintage wines some served by the glass.

Recent opinion survey of frequent travelers heading north towards Subic and Clark Pampanga revealed that the number one most frequently visited fine dining restaurant in Pampanga is Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar located in Clark Philippines.

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Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa. After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.

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