Will calorie labeling affect what you order from the menu?

Posted 14 Apr 2011 by 

Lori Mehen (Red Hat)
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Yes, it will help me narrow my choices and pick healthier options when I eat out.
50% (53 votes)
Yes, but only because I'll feel guilty ordering otherwise.
7% (7 votes)
No, I'll eat whatever I please.
33% (35 votes)
No, I'm already aware of the nutritional value of what I eat.
10% (11 votes)
Total votes: 106

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4 Comments

Kit Plummer
It will also help track calories if menus also include a QR code to the nutritional facts.
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Chasalin
use your common sense... eating out should be a treat. if you do it once per month, what's the big deal? if you have a healthy life style, there is no need to count calories...
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jhibbets
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But for some people, eating out is NOT a treat--it's a daily occurence. People have made fast food a part of their daily nutrition. I think this awareness effort is a great idea. To be honest, I was pretty shocked when I saw how many calories were in some of the food choices I was making. Thankfully, fast food isn't a part of my everyday consumption. Jason
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jdorff
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I was a participate in one of Dr. Ariely studies on this. See: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/05/pm-will-posting-calorie-labels-help-ariely-q/
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Lori Mehen is an Account Manager in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA and now resides in Durham, NC with her husband and three kids. Lori enjoys water skiing, cooking and car racing.

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