Calorie Info on Menus Mostly Seen But Often Not Heeded

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_9b9cd62659.jpgJamie Rector/Getty Images (ATLANTA) -- Mandated calorie information on menus is meant to help diners make more informed decisions about their food selections, preferably steering them toward healthier choices. The good news, according to a poll conducted by the government of 10,000 people in 17 states, is that 97 percent of restaurant goers actually either see or look for this crucial data on menus.

However, about 43 percent of respondents to the survey published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report admit they ignore calorie information when ordering a meal. Meanwhile, women are far more apt to actually use calorie info than men in restaurants, 67 percent to 47 percent, the survey found.

It was in 2010 that the government mandated that restaurants with 20 or more establishments feature caloric information on their menus.

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